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Financial, health struggles worse in U.S. than Canada: study

Last Updated Nov 2, 2020 at 10:33 am PST

FILE - Americans having a more difficult time than Canadians weathering financial and health challenges wrought by COVID-19. (Courtesy Angus Reid Institute)
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Americans having a more difficult time than Canadians weathering financial and health challenges wrought by COVID-19

Individually, Americans are nearly twice as likely to be dealing with elevated stress levels as the pandemic continues

Canadians are slightly more confident that people in their country will turn the situation around quickly

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Americans having a more difficult time than Canadians weathering financial and health challenges wrought by COVID-19, according to a new study by the Angus Reid Institute.

Americans are nearly twice as likely to be dealing with elevated stress levels as the pandemic continues, says the study by the non-profit group. Two in five Americans are either “very” or “extremely” stressed due to the pandemic, while in Canada that number is one in five.

As well, nearly half of Americans (46 per cent) are “very” or “extremely” worried about their personal financial situation, while 28 per cent of Canadians feel that way.

Both Americans and Canadians continue to be cautious with the amount of time they spend in public places.

More than 30 per cent of Americans are avoiding restaurants entirely, compared to 40 per cent of Canadians.

However, just over half on each side of the border say they have grown tired of social distancing, wearing masks, and other health and safety practices.

Canadians are slightly more confident that people in their country will turn the situation around quickly and stem rising case numbers.

Forty per cent of Americans say the risk of the coronavirus is overblown; about 25 per cent of Canadians feel the same.