The National Institute of Public Health has just published a study on the social contacts of Quebecers. Many people saw loved ones over the holiday season.
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Since the start of the pandemic, 500 Quebecers have been questioned each month by the INPSQ on their habits and social contacts.
The Institute considers it a social contact when you are at a distance of less than two meters.
During the holiday season, from December 22 to January 1, 41% of respondents admitted to having had contact, either by receiving visitors or by going to visit relatives.
Note that a large proportion of these people included single people who could, depending on government measures, go to family bubbles.
“About half of these people had only one contact. We are not talking about large gatherings and if we looked, the vast majority were extended family, ”explains Mélanie Drolet, epidemiologist at the INSPQ.
The INSPQ has continued its study since the curfew was put in place. The number of people with social contacts has decreased to 20%.
Note that before the pandemic, the average Quebecer had social contact with about seven to eight people per day. There was a drastic drop last spring when there were three daily contacts.