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The Canadian Medical Association: Covid-19 Preventative Measures Survey

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) released the following survey results presenting the habitual preventative measures taken by Quebeckers during the ongoing Covid -19 pandemic.

These results indicated that preventive measures such as two-metre physical distancing, frequent handwashing, and coughing etiquette (coughing into one’s elbow) have been widely adopted by Quebecers since the pandemic began, according to their article that was released last week.

However, they did find that mask wearing appears to be the least followed measure.

The CMA said that the numbers reflected in the study by L’Observateur - and ranged from from June 13 to 17, 2020, reveals that hand washing, physical distancing, and coughing etiquette have adoption rates of 70, 95, and 93% respectively.

Mask wearing, they say, is the least followed measure:

With less than half of Quebeckers surveyed (42%) report wearing a mask regularly in public since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although 82% of respondents in the 18–34 age group believe there will be a second wave, only 27% of them report wearing a mask.

The CMA survey also indicates that 87% of Quebeckers in the 18–34 age group do not consider themselves to be at risk of developing severe complications from COVID-19.

It seems that the older that the residents are in Quebec, then the more they identify themselves as being more “at risk” - so in turn - they tend to more observent toward preventative measures.

The survey also shows that three out of four Quebeckers of all ages (74%) expect there will be a second wave of COVID-19 in the coming months.

So why are Quebec citizens masking less and less? Covid-19 is still here, and our first wave has not ended yet. The Québec government announced yesterday that basically the province is reopened with few exceptions. This move is also being questioned by many.

"We must continue our efforts to protect our neighbours, our friends, and our families,” said Dr. Abdo Shabah, emergency physician and AMC board member. “The reality today is that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over and we must use every possible measure to avoid a second wave that could be even more devastating than the first.”


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