Second Wave COVID-19 Symptoms and Social Distancing Web Survey

Join in the fight against the second wave of COVID-19 by participating in the following survey that is being conducted to learn about COVID-19 symptoms and social distancing behavior in Canada.

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About this Survey

This survey is being conducted by:

  • Dr. Roland Pongou (Principal Investigator)
    Professor at the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa;
  • Dr. Sanni Yaya (Co-Principal Investigator)
    Professor at the School of International Development and Global Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa;
  • Dr. Stéphanie Maltais
    Associate Researcher;
  • Dr. Marie Christelle Mabeu
    Research Officer at the World Bank and
    Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa;
  • Mikaila Boyd, Mitacs
    Research Award Trainee at the University of Ottawa;
  • Arunika Agarwal
    Research Associate at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health;
  • Bright Opoku Ahinkorah
    PhD Candidate at the University of Technology Sydney.

If you have any questions about this research, you can contact the research team at:

This research has been reviewed by the Research Ethics Board of the University of Ottawa (uOttawa REB). If you wish to speak with someone from the uOttawa REB, please contact by phone at 613-562-5387 or by email at:


This is the second survey being conducted to learn about the prevalence of COVID-19 symptoms and social distancing behaviour in Canada. We are interested in learning about how education, income, employment, and flu-like symptoms are linked to social distancing and how these links have changed over time as provincial governments across Canada are implementing lockdown exit policies. The survey also includes questions about your mood and emotional state. This survey was designed for the second wave of COVID-19 and it aims to build from the information collected in the first survey. It looks to determine how respondents’ situations (regarding for example income, employment, physical and mental health) have changed since the circulation of the first COVID-19 survey.

The results from this survey will only be used for academic research in order to help public health specialists and policymakers recommend effective measures over the coming days and months.

Eligibility to Participate

You may participate in this survey if:

  1. You are at least 18 years of age.
  2. You currently live in Canada.


If you consent to participate, you will be asked a few questions about your demographic background. You will then be asked about your health and the health status of your household members. You will also be asked about coronavirus symptoms, testing, social distancing behavior in your household and workplace, your mood and emotional state, and work status.

Survey Length

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

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We welcome those from diverse ethnic backgrounds to participate; it is essential that we accurately capture the diversity of experiences with COVID-19 in our responses.

We encourage those who participated in the Wave 1 survey to participate in this survey that is designed for Wave 2 of COVID-19. This way we can better understand the medium- and long-term effects of COVID-19 in Canada.

Please invite each eligible person in your household to join in the fight against COVID-19 by completing the survey.

Thank you very much for your interest in participating in our research project.

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