A new study from the Angus Reid Institute finds that one in five Canadians is making little or no effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues into its sixth month, summer is almost over and Canadians are now focused on flu season, fall, and back-to-school preparations.
With that, Canadians are always being asked to do their part to reduce the community spread of COVID-19 – which is being done strictly by some, while others have chosen to ignore it altogether.
The Angus Reid Institute classified Canadians into three categories through this study based on their behaviors and state of mind, known as the “COVID Compliance Index.” Categories include The Infection Fighters, The Inconsistent, and The Cynical Spreaders.
Infection fighters are people who closely follow COVID-19 suppression behaviors, accounting for 47% of Canadians. Inconsistencies represent 36% of Canadians who take a more 50/50 and 50/50 approach when following preventable COVID-19 guidelines.
The remaining 18% are cynical spreaders who expand their social circles and are not socially distanced. These people have mixed feelings about hand washing and wearing masks. This group also doesn’t like the way the pandemic has been handled by government and public health officials.
When it comes to the COVID-19 compliance index, age is the most important factor. The younger you are, the less likely you are to follow COVID-19 protocols.
Political beliefs are also strongly correlated with how a person ranks in the index. People who voted for the CCP in the past are four times more likely to be cynical propagators than those who voted for the Liberals or the NDP in 2019.
When it comes to wearing masks, nine in ten infection fighters regularly wear a mask when indoors with non-family members, this figure drops to 63% for The Inconsistent and to 15% among cynical spreaders.
When looking at 10 different behaviors that spread COVID-19, like not washing your hands, not practicing social distancing, not wearing a mask, etc. Infection fighters indulge in one or zero. Three-quarters of cynical spreaders engage in at least five of these behaviors.