Many Canadians concerned about second wave of COVID-19: poll

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Many Canadians don't anticipate life will return to normal until the spread of COVID-19 is stopped everywhere according to a recent poll.

The poll, conducted by World Vision, also found that Canadians are very aware of the risk those living in crowded conditions such as refugee camps are at a higher risk of contracting the virus.

According to the findings, many Canadians are concerned about a second wave of the virus.

Additionally, 82 per cent of respondents said until a vaccine is found, life won't return to normal until the spread of the virus is controlled across the globe.

Further, 88 per cent of respondents said they are concerned that, due to how interconnected the world currently is, an outbreak in one area could have a significant impact on Canadians.

We’re witnessing the globalization of public health. To have a healthy Canada, we need a healthy world,” Michael Messenger, president and CEO of World Vision Canada, said in a news release.

As Canadians, we all have a responsibility to help the world’s most vulnerable people fight this pandemic, otherwise the consequences will be deadly for millions of people, particularly children. As a country, our principles and commitments to human rights and international cooperation should spur us to act. But we should listen to Canadians and stress there will also be consequences for Canadians if we don’t think globally. Even as we get cases under control and ease the lockdown in Canada, we could face waves of COVID-19 because of outbreaks in places that aren’t currently equipped to stop the spread," he continued.

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