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Worried you'll get COVID-19? Survey says, you're not alone

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October 30, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Sixty-four per cent of Canadians say the worst of the health impacts from COVID-19 are yet to come, according to non-profit Angus Reid Institute's latest poll.

This represents an increase in worry from June when nearly the same number held the opposite view, the poll indicated.

Additionally, 58 per cent of Canadians report that their mental health is at least “good” while 15 per cent say it's great.

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-ten Canadians now say they are concerned about personally contracting COVID-19, up from a low-point of 46 per cent in early June, while 35 per cent of Canadians over the age of 54 now say they are “very concerned” about becoming sick. That is the highest mark recorded thus far by the Angus Reid Institute, and up from 14 per cent in early June.

In addition to illness, Angus Reid has learned that a growing number of people are worried about their pocket books, with 73 per cent now saying 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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