Canadians fear a fourth wave of COVID-19, and 81% of respondents in a survey conducted exclusively for Global News said they fear the spread of new variants and this may delay a return to normal.
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69% also declared they feared the possibility of a fourth wave, according to an Ipsos poll. While those concerns are weaker in Alberta and Quebec, people are preparing for them, according to Daryl Bricker, managing director of public affairs at Ipsos.
“They think right now we’re on the cusp of going into even more difficult circumstances,” Bricker told Global News on Thursday.
The rapid spread of more contagious variants has led to a massive rise in infection among unvaccinated people in the United States in recent weeks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in particular, has reintroduced preventive health measures for vaccinated people, including wearing masks indoors.
In the survey published by Ipsos Tuesday, 49% of Canadians said recent extreme weather events, such as the wildfires that have ravaged British Columbia and northern Ontario, have made them feel more strongly the need to fight climate change.
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