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TORONTO, Monday, March 30, 2020 – In the United States, those states that are responding more quickly and effectively to the COVID-19 crisis also seem to have higher levels of social capital built up and citizens who trust more in their governments and health agencies, according to new research published today by York University Assistant Professor of sociology Cary Wu and team.


Do Canadians see COVID-19 as a risk? And how are they adapting their behaviours as a result? We’ve just released the first round of results from our national survey on #COVID19


Cary Wu Joined Social Impacts Network COVID-19 – Expert Advisory Committee


Coronavirus sparks a rising tide of xenophobia worldwide

Researchers studying coronavirus-related attacks urge universities in Europe, North America and Australia to do more to protect Asian students

Experts study how coronavirus pandemic affects trust in officials, ourselves


‘If people do not trust, it’s very difficult to promote collective action’

T-shirts printed with the image of Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, hit the market earlier this month. Researchers want to better understand how medical officials are winning the trust of Canadians. (The Canadian Press/whatwoulddrhinshawdo.ca)

TORONTO, March 6, 2020 (UPDATED) – Three York University researchers will receive more than $1.1 million in COVID-19 rapid research funding over two years to explore issues of trust, stigmatization and social perceptions of risk, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) announced today.

Cary’s research will bring frontline researchers from China together with experts in trust and public health in Canada and Sweden to explore people’s trust in government, health agencies, and in other people and groups during a time of crisis. He will look at how their level of trust shapes public responses to COVID-19, such as compliance with control policies and methods of prevention, but also, how disease outbreaks affect those levels of trust and can lead to a rise in xenophobia.