Broken down by age, more youthful respondents were more likely than those over 55 to think declarations were being overstated
OTTAWA– A new survey suggests there are Canadians who think that cautions from public authorities about the risk of COVID-19 are vastly overblown.
Practically one-quarter of respondents in an online survey made public Tuesday by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies state they think public health and government authorities overemphasize in their cautions, including about the requirement for measures like physical distancing to slow the spread of the pandemic.
Regionally, respondents in Alberta were more likely to believe the hazard was embellished, followed by Atlantic Canada and Quebec, with Ontario at the bottom.
Broken down by age, younger respondents were most likely than those over 55 to think declarations were being exaggerated.
The online survey was conducted Sept. 11 to 13 and surveyed 1,539 adult Canadians. It can not be designated a margin of mistake because internet-based surveys are ruled out random samples.
Leger executive vice-president Christian Bourque said the outcomes might describe something else that turned up in the study: That a majority of respondents stated they have unwinded how strictly they abide by public health recommendations.
Among those recommendations are things like wearing a mask in public, avoiding large gatherings and attempting to preserve a two-metre distance between individuals.
” There is a link. If you believe we’re overemphasizing the illness, you’re most likely to have unwinded on your rigorous observance of the guidelines in location,” Bourque says.
About 57 percent of participants in the study said that they had relieved their adherence to several of public health precaution over the last month.
Appropriate physical distancing was the most likely to be relaxed at 37 percent of participants, followed by wearing a mask outside the home at 33 percent and not event in large groups at 31 percent.
Participants age 18 to 34 were the most likely to have relaxed on how carefully they followed steps, with almost three-quarters of them saying they had actually done so in the past month.
Over the last month, case counts have gone up for youths, with Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam alerting once again on Monday that the country can’t let its guard down.
” It’s an international pandemic and we do not have to look extremely far to find countries that have actually lost control of their pandemic and are in serious condition, both from a health viewpoint and an economic viewpoint,” federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu said on Tuesday.
” In fact, the health of Canada depends upon everybody taking this seriously, but the economy of Canada depends upon that as well. And those things go hand in hand.”
Weekly questioning shows an uptick in the portion of study participants who believed the worst of the crisis is yet to come, which hit 45 per cent on Sept. 13, the greatest level it has actually been because April13
Almost two-thirds of respondents in the survey believe the country is heading back to some form of lockdown, comparable to what took place in March and April.
How carefully Canadians follow public health suggestions may rest on how soon officials declare the start of a second wave, Bourque stated, or if jurisdictions crack down harder on those breaking rules, such as Quebec started carrying out in recent days.
” We’re not at this turning point where people feel we require to go back to how we used to be, where generally Canadians were exemplary in terms of following the precaution put in place,” he said.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 15, 2020.
Jordan Press, The Canadian Press