The second wave has seniors “very concerned”

The second wave has seniors “very concerned”

Those most at risk from COVID-19 – older Canadians – are most concerned about the arrival of the second wave of the pandemic.

As public health officials confirm that Canada is into its second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, new data from the non-profit Angus Reid Institute finds that as infection rates spike, so does personal anxiety and concern over falling ill. That fear is reaching peaks not seen since the spring.

More than one-third (35 per cent) of those over the age of 54 now say they are “very concerned.” That’s up from 14 per cent in early June. Younger Canadians continue to voice significantly less concern about their own risk of falling ill from COVID-19, at a time when officials say they are responsible for most of the new cases.

Two-in-three Canadians (64 per cent) say the worst of the health impacts from the novel coronavirus are yet to come. This represents a stark increase in worry from June, when nearly the same number held the opposite view – that the worst was over.

On a more positive note, asked to describe their mental health over the past few weeks, three-quarters of Canadians report that it is at least “good” (58 per cent), if not “great” (15 per cent).

That said, those under the age of 35 appear to fare worse. More than one-third of both men and women in this group saying they are struggling.

Further, two-in-five women between the ages of 35 and 54 – the demographic most likely to be caring for children and other family members – say their mental health is bad (34 per cent) or terrible (4 per cent).

Seven-in-10 Canadians now say they are concerned about personally contracting COVID-19, up from a low-point of 46 per cent in early June. And, 73 per cent now say they feel the worst of economic impacts is yet to come for their province. Half of Canadians said this when asked in that same June survey.


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