COVID-19 community phone survey: Knowledge, behaviors and impacts
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Between May 15 and June 11, 2020, Public Health Sudbury & Districts conducted a bilingual telephone survey of persons aged 16 years and older to better understand knowledge, behaviours and impacts of COVID-19 in Sudbury & Districts. The survey was completed by CCI Research on behalf of Public Health. The results from this survey are used by Public Health to inform planning and service coordination.
- Respondent profile
- Perceived seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic
- Impact of COVID-19
- Precautions taken to reduce risk
- Personal situational assessment
- 476 surveys were completed
- 77% reported residency in Greater Sudbury*
- 23% reported residency within the districts of Sudbury East, Manitoulin Island and Espanola
- 5% completed the survey in French
- 69% of the sample identified as female
- 70% of respondents were 55 years of age or older
- 15% of respondents were between the ages of 40 and 54 years
- 51% of respondents were employed
- 35% of employed respondents were working from home because of COVID-19
Perceived seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic
- The majority of respondents in Sudbury and districts perceived the COVID-19 pandemic as serious.
|Extremely serious||76 (304)||73 (84)|
|Somewhat serious||22 (55)||25E (24)|
Impact of COVID-19
- Overall, the primary concern identified by the survey sample in Sudbury and districts was the safety of friends or family whose health is frail (72%, n=346), followed closely by the impact on personal or household member’s social life (66%, n=292).
|The safety of friends/family whose health is frail||72 (346)|
|Impact on personal or household member's social life||66 (292)|
|Impact on personal or household members' mental health||48 (204)|
|Loss of in-person health-related services||38 (182)|
|Impact on personal or household members' physical health||35 (167)|
|Loss of in-person community-based programs||33 (156)|
|Burning out||31 (113)|
|Impact on child/children's education||28 (97)|
|Loss of personal or household income||27 (91)|
|Finding someone to cover caregiving responsibilities for others||24 (100)|
|Potential loss of support from other people||22 (104)|
|Impact of having limited or no access to technology or internet||18 (86)|
|Loss of food programs or services||17 (83)|
|Impact on personal education||16 (38)|
Precautions taken to reduce risk
- Regular hand washing was the most reported precaution taken in Sudbury and districts (98%, n=468).
- District respondents were less likely to wear a mask (face covering) outside of the home (50%, n=32), but more likely to shop alone (87%) compared to respondents from Sudbury (64%, 84%).
|Washed my hands more regularly||97 (359)||100 (109)|
|Stayed at least two (2) meters away from other people||94 (352)||88 (101)
|Tried to reduce touching your face||92 (337)||85 (93)|
|Eliminated in-person visits with friends and non-immediate family||89 (322)||84 (89)|
|Avoided leaving the house for non-essential reasons||86 (316)||85 (86)|
|Shopped alone rather than with family or friends||84 (305)||87 (88)|
|Stocked up on essential supplies, excluding prescriptions||68 (246)||61 (75)|
|Wore a mask when outside of the home||64 (245)||50 (63)|
|Stayed home when ill||57 (219)||54 (69)|
|Eliminated in-person interactions of children with others outside of household||57 (188)||56 (58)|
Personal situational assessment
- The primary sentiment in Sudbury and districts was the feeling of having a supportive family and/or friend (94%, n=449).
- Within the last seven days, more participants from the districts than from Sudbury reported participating in some form of physical activity for 30 minutes or longer (88%) and actively participating in an enjoyable hobby or activity (82%).
|I have a supportive family and/or friend around me||94 (345)||94 (104)|
|I have made it a point to eat nutritionally balanced and wholesome meals||86 (324)||75 (93)|
|I have participated in some form of physical activity for 30 minutes or longer||79 (266)||88 (89)|
|I have actively participated in an enjoyable hobby or activity||75 (276)||82 (91)|
|I have spent facetime with a social or activity group||32 (98)||28E (31)|
|I have practiced some form of deep relaxation exercises (e.g., meditation, yoga)||28 (105)||14E (21)|
|I have used free programs and services online||27 (78)||15E (19)|
|I have applied for subsidies for economic relief||19 (49)||F|
|I have attended spiritual services online||14E (60)||9E (18)|
E: Interpret with caution: high sampling variability
F: Estimates has been suppressed due to high sampling variability
Note: Percentages are weighted, counts are unweighted.
This item was last modified on October 19, 2020