Nanos: Increased cynicism, confusing messaging a problem as third wave hits Canada

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Canada is seeing a surge of COVID-19 infections sparked by more infectious variants, and Nanos Research’s Nik Nanos says confusing messaging may contribute to cynicism around public health guidelines. “People put a high level of credibility and physicians, public health officials, and they trust them,” said Nanos on the latest episode of Trend Line. “The challenge is that right now what we’re seeing is different approaches in different parts of the country… it creates a certain level of confusion.” Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia have all tightened restrictions over the past week, as variant infections stretch hospital capacity to the limit, but public criticism over tough lockdowns is growing. That disconnect was clearly seen over the past weekend in Toronto, where scenes of a packed mall emerged, days after Ont. Premier Doug Ford announced a province-wide shutdown. CTV Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Abdu Sharkawy told CTV News Channel’s Power Play on Monday, that the current strategy clearly isn’t working, and crowds at the Yorkdale Mall show the “message isn’t clear enough.”

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