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July 20th - OPH Youth and Young Adults and COVID-19

Ottawa Public Health is pleased to share a report relating to Youth and Young Adults and COVID-19. This report was developed in collaboration with the University of Ottawa and the purpose was to consult with individuals aged 16-29 in order to obtain more information on and understanding of the following;

  • Behaviour changes as a result of COVID-19

  • Knowledge and understanding of physical distancing and other stay-at-home measures

  • Opinions about methods and approaches to encourage maintenance of physical distancing

  • Understand how to further engage and connect with youth and young adults on the topic of COVID-19

A total of 11 groups with 4-5 participants each took place between May 11 and May 15, 2020. The report was procured prior to mandatory masking initiatives.

This report produced a number of key findings including;

  • The routine for many young people has profoundly changed as a result of COVID-19, and some are highly anxious.

  • Response to the pandemic has offered some upsides. For most, however, the downsides are more prevalent.

  • Young people know what it means to physically distance, but the lines get blurred. While most are adhering to the practice, it is clearly more challenging for some, and increasingly more difficult as fatigue sets in.

This report is another example of the considerable collaboration between OPH and the University of Ottawa. Both organizations have been working collectively on other projects to help inform OPH’s health promotion approach with youth and young adults. Furthermore, uOttawa master’s students have been searching health organizations’ websites and social media accounts from other regions, coding information, and synthesizing findings to provide to the OPH team.


If you would like to have more information relating to Youth and Young Adults, OPH continues to communicate with this population through its social media platforms “The Link Ottawa” and Instagram account. These platforms have enabled sharing of youth-friendly information regarding;

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