Dr. Naheed Dosani is a palliative care doctor with Palliative Education and Care for the Homeless, a program run by Inner City Health Associates (ICHA), a group of more than 90 physicians providing primary, mental health and palliative care to homeless people in over 50 shelters and drop-in centres across the city.

Dosani says the impact of COVID-19 among individuals who experience homelessness is vastly different compared to those with housing. With the added complexities – including pre-existing health issues, the increased likelihood of respiratory conditions and limited access to essential health and social services – this population is uniquely susceptible to COVID-19.