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‘Stay home and wear your scarf’: How the accessory became a weapon in Toronto’s fight against coronavirus

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, scarves have gone, well, viral.

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Dr. Eileen de Villa

Toronto’s medical officer of health Dr. Eileen de Villa at a recent news conference about COVID-19 sports one of her signature scarves. - David Rider/Toronto Star

Hands up, everybody who thought the humble scarf would become a star-powered symbol of Toronto’s fight against a deadly global pandemic.

But here we are, in a strange new world where it’s illegal to gather in groups of more than five and an accessory last fashionable in the 1970s is being used to teach public-health lessons and potentially save lives.

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