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What's fuelling Canadians' stress amid the COVID-19 pandemic?

Last Updated Oct 20, 2020 at 7:31 am PST

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Summary

When is the COVID-19 pandemic going to end? It appears that question is driving stress levels up for many Canadians

Survey finds uncertainty around how bad the COVID-19 pandemic will get is also among chief concerns

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It has been several months since COVID-19 began to change our lives. More than 200 days. So, when are things going to return to normal?

It’s a question no one knows the answer to, and it’s apparently one of the main reasons behind stress during this pandemic.

According to Leger’s latest survey, Canadians are also wondering how bad the pandemic will get.

Meanwhile, social isolation and not being able to see family and friends follows as the second biggest source of COVID-19-related stress and anxiety.

Many of us continue to wonder when we’ll be able to socialize with others. Will we be able to gather for Christmas? What about holiday parties with friends? These are all questions that appear to be to be top of mind for many right now.

Of course, concern for the health and safety of loved ones follows closely among sources of stress.

Geographically, people in B.C. appear to be the ones wondering when the COVID-19 pandemic will end or if it will get better or worse the most across Canada, though just slightly at 20 per cent.

Read the full survey results:

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Close behind are Atlantic Canadians, where 19 per cent of respondents are asking the same question, followed by Quebecers and Ontarians at 18 per cent each.

Of no surprise, the survey also found finances are a concern for people amid the health crisis.

Just seven per cent of people across the country say they aren’t stressed at all right now.