'Pandemics are different.' Why this isn't the time to assert your individual health rights

This column is an opinion from Dr. Cory Neudorf, an interim Senior Medical Health Officer with the Saskatchewan Health Authority. For more information about CBC's Opinion section, please see the FAQ.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global threat to society that governments and public health experts in various countries have fought in various ways, but all have required citizens to think beyond themselves to fight a common enemy.

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