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Ready for some post COVID-19 hugging? Survey says...

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April 15, 2020 - 7:30 AM

There may be a lot more PDAs in the months ahead as life eventually gets back to normal.

Following what may be one of the quietest long weekends in Canada's collective memory, non-profit Angus Reid Institute’s continuing research on COVID-19 finds that most Canadians are missing some human touch.

Forty per cent of respondents to a recent survey said they’re looking forward to giving someone a big hug while one-in-three (34 per cent) say they can’t wait to see and hang out with people outside their households.
That said, nobody is expecting it to happen right away.
Two-in-five Canadians say they expect it will be three to six months before things are back to normal in Canada, and another two-in-five say it will be longer than that.

What this means for the population is evidently more movie and TV streaming and more organized spaces around the house. 

When asked if there’s anything they are doing more of than normal since being isolated, streaming and cleaning are the two top choices, followed by calling friends and family and taking more walks.

Of note, people between the ages of 18 and 34, are vastly more likely to be spending isolation streaming movies and TV shows, with four-in-five saying that's how they get their entertainment.

Women are the 'huggier' sex, with 55 per cent of them saying they are excited to get out and hug their friends or family compared to 33 per cent of men.

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