The COVID-19 outbreak is spreading across the globe rapidly. The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) has one of the largest Chinese communities in the world; thus, there is an urgent need to prepare and mobilize the GTA Chinese community to fight against the outbreak. With the support the Canadian federal government through SSHRC and CIHR, a task group was formed with mandate of examining the impact of COVID-19 and actions taken by the Canadian Chinese community. In this context, the overarching goal of the project is to assess the knowledge, develop effective epidemic control practice, and identify the psychological impacts of the disease. This will be achieved through coordinated efforts across communities, professionals, and local residents.

The research team is comprised of multidisciplinary researchers from three Canadian universities including Dr. Peizhong Peter Wang, Dr. Lixia Yang, Weiguo Zhang and Xiaolin Wei. This report is part of a large project and was based on an online survey, which focuses on assessing Canadian Chinese Immigrants’ Knowledge, attitudes, and self-protection towards COVID-19. This survey, which started on April 2, is still ongoing, with findings presented in the following document based on the data collected in the first two days.

The research team encourages you to participate in this survey if you have not done so. Please see the information on the next page. In the meantime, we also welcome you to invite others to complete this survey by spreading this preliminary report.

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