British Columbia (BC) has reopened after flattening the COVID19 curve! But we want to keep the number of COVID-19 cases from getting too high.
BC implemented physical (social) distancing measures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 by minimizing contact between people with and people without COVID-19. These measures led to a decrease in COVID-19 transmission in BC. But as physical distancing measures have been relaxed, there is potential for an increase in COVID-19 transmission.
To help keep cases lower, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is developing early warning systems to warn when COVID-19 transmission might further increase. To develop this system, we need to better understand how changes in different physical distancing behaviours affect COVID-19 transmission. Survey results, mobility data, and other tools will be used to inform BC’s COVID-19 prevention measures and to develop COVID-19 early warning systems.
At the end of the survey, we will ask:
- for your permission to link your survey responses to other healthcare administration databases for population level analyses
- if you would like to particpate in a follow-up survey.
- If you would like to enter into a draw for a chance to win a $25 gift card.
Safeguards are in place to ensure your privacy. This research has been reviewed and approved by the research ethics board at the University of British Columbia. Data collected in the BC Mix Survey follows strict privacy practices under the B.C. Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The act governs how your information is collected, who sees it and how it is used.
We are grateful to the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research for its financial support of this survey.
A PDF copy of our consent form is available here.
Dr. Naveed Janjua, Principal Investigator
COVID-19- BC Population Mixing Patterns Survey Team
BC Centre for Disease Control