Study shows seniors are better at preventing COVID-19 spread

A recent study by the Agnes Reid Institute shows that older people are more likely to follow health guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The findings also highlight that, while most Canadians are at least casually following preventative protocols most of the time, nearly 1 in 5 are actively ignoring the rules meant to prevent transmission of the virus—earning them the dubious title of “Cynical Spreaders”.

Many people feel that seniors are more adaptable and receptive to following health guidance because of their wealth of lived experiences—years of overcoming life’s challenges resulting in a high degree of resilience generally not found in younger people.

Whatever the reason, it’s refreshing to see older people being recognized as setting a good example of strength and consideration of others as we move into what’s sure to be a challenging flu season in Canada.

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