Another day, another survey.
After yesterday’s news that casinos, amusement parks, water parks, spas, hotels, and bars have all been given the green light to reopen, the following news may have some Quebecers thinking twice before they visit any of these establishments.
A new survey confirms that despite the Covid-19 crisis, residents of Quebec are least likely to wear a mask in public.
Presented by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and carried out by L’Observateur, the survey suggests that 70 per cent of the people surveyed participate in frequent handwashing, 95 per cent in physical distancing, and 93 per cent in coughing into one's elbow or sleeve.
However, when it comes to wearing a mask, on 42 per cent of respondents said they have been wearing masks in public since the start of the pandemic. And while 82 per cent of Quebecers aged between 18 and 34 believe there will be a second wave of the virus, only 27 per cent of those surveyed said they’ve been wearing a mask.
"The message is clear. We must continue our efforts to protect our neighbours, our friends, and our families," said Dr. Abdo Shabah, emergency physician and CMA board member, in a statement. "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."
The results, which were published earlier on CTV, come a day after Quebec's ministry of health announced that they will no longer provide daily updates on the number of people who have contracted or died of COVID-19. Instead, they plan on providing a weekly breakdown of the situation.
The survey was also conducted after another survey argued that widespread mask-wearing made mandatory in public places has had far lower death rates and shorter outbreaks.