Compliance with sanitary measures could crumble

The long-term adherence of Quebecers to health measures could be compromised according to an INSPQ survey. A majority of respondents admit that it is “very difficult” to consider long-term restrictions, a break “important” and “worrying” warns a researcher.

The most recent data from the survey on attitudes and behaviors of Quebecers from the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec (INSPQ) show that the population still adheres to health rules.

  • 70% always respect the ban on private gatherings
  • 72% wash their hands several times a day
  • 94% wear the mask or face cover
  • 60% respect physical distancing in public

But this degree of acceptance could well crumble, according to the following figures. Here is the percentage of people believing that it will be “very difficult” to follow the measurements if they were to stretch …

  • A few more days, until November 23: 22%
  • Another 2-3 months: 43%
  • Another 6 months: 58%

Major challenge

This possibility of seeing the measures extend beyond six months is however very real, by the admission of Public Health.

“To think that the day we have a vaccine, we come back as before the COVID in the short term, I think it’s no”, underlined the director of public health, Horacio Arruda, at the beginning of the week.

“It could be between 12 and 18 months, it could also be 9 months. Everything will depend on the quantity of vaccines we will have. “

Compliance with health measures would then become one of the main challenges for François Legault and his team.

“In the long term, there is a major breakout. And that’s worrying, ”says Ève Dubé, anthropologist in charge of the INSPQ survey.

Find solutions

The researcher believes that Quebec must find a way to rally Quebecers.

“We’re going to have to find a way to motivate people for the long term. The 28 Day Challenge could work because we saw an end. This spring, we were hanging on to the summer, but there are many more at stake. […] The end of all this is far away ”, underlines Mme Dubé.

Communication will be the key, she says. A bad decision or a wrong reading of the pulse of the population could drop the rate of acceptance of the measures and thus plunge the province even deeper.

“We may have to adopt more harm reduction strategies, to see how we can live with the virus. Because from the point of view of human behavior, there are important issues that will arise, ”warns the anthropologist.



  • Not being able to see family or friends: 81% difficult
  • Not being able to take care of an elderly relative or one in poor health: Difficult to 72%
  • Cancellation of sports or social activities: 64% difficult
  • Not being able to send a child to school or daycare if they have symptoms: Difficult at 59%


  • The worst is behind us: 17%
  • We are currently experiencing the worst: 52%
  • The worse is yet to come : 31%


Can COVID-19 be dangerous for my health? : 70% agree

Am I worried about catching the virus? : 65% in agreement

Am I worried about transmitting the virus to those around me? : 69% in agreement

Am I worried about losing a loved one to COVID-19? : 73% agree

Source: COVID-19 – Survey on attitudes and behaviors of Quebec adults, INSPQ

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