Angus Reid Institute reports a spike in number of those who feel COVID-19 represents "real and serious" threat

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      A new poll shows that two in five Canadians are personally worried about becoming sick from contracting the novel coronavirus.

      That's up from 30 percent last month, according to the Angus Reid Institute.

      Nearly six in 10 are washing their hands more often, which is considerably higher than the 41 percent who said this in February.

      The poll also found that 28 percent of respondents would cancel any international travel that they had booked in the next six months; 17 percent are staying away from public spaces.

      And 42 percent believe that the threat of COVID-19 is "real and serious".

      The coronavirus is also affecting people's willingness to attend concerts and sporting events. This comes just as the National Hockey League and National Basketball Association teams are approaching the playoffs.

      The poll showed that 27 percent would definitely avoid sporting events like a hockey game, whereas 24 percent would definitely avoid concerts and 31 percent would definitely avoid airports.

      Just over half—52 percent—felt that the Summer Olympics should be postponed indefinitely until the COVID-19 risk subsides.

      Respondents in B.C. were most likely to say they thought their provincial government was doing a good job—62 percent felt this way, compared to just 20 percent who felt the province was doing a bad job.

      B.C.'s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, has been providing near-daily updates alongside Health Minister Adrian Dix.

      British Columbians were also most likely to say that the federal government was doing a good job. At 57 percent, this lagged slightly behind the rating for the province.

      The Angus Reid Institute surveyed 1,512 adults online from March 5 to March 6. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percent.

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