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YOUNG AND UNAFRAID OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC? GOOD FOR YOU. NOW STOP KILLING PEOPLE

This article was the first to make me change my behaviour so that I could prevent inadvertently harming others.

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Until I read this article, I was hesitant to change my behaviour to engage in serious social distancing (I had started small by avoiding some interactions but I still wanted to go into my office because I enjoy in-person interaction and I still planned to go on a family vacation). 

The article inspired me to protect others through my own more-careful actions in a way that did not feel alarmist which was significant because I often interpret alarmist articles to be written that way solely to generate clicks and ad views. 

Finally, it was authored by a doctor, not a journalist, which added to the credibility of the message. 

Did this resource motivate you to change your behaviors?

  • Yes

In what ways did you change your behaviors as a result of this resource?

I started social distancing by not going into my office (which ended up being closed the next day, anyway), by canceling a family vacation, and by keeping my 5yo from playing with his friends. An unfortunate behaviour change has been the increase in my 5yo's screen time which has gone from ~1hr/day to ~6hrs/day.

Did you share this information with your network?

  • Yes

In what ways did you share this information?

I forwarded it on WhatsApp, which is how I received it in a work chat group. I also sent a personal message to my colleague who shared it to tell her how impactful it had been. 

Where are you getting information around COVID-19?

  • National Government
  • News: Digital
  • Employer

What information do you feel you are missing about COVID-19?

How long the pandemic will last (not that anyone knows, but it would be nice to get realistic estimates), reinforcement that containment measures are working, and what the new normal might look like when we get there. 

What populations or personas are not currently being addressed with today’s COVID-19 information?

People who don't realize the impact their behaviour can have on others. 

What is your current profession?

Lead Designer

In what city are you located?

Toronto

In what country are you located?

Canada

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