In February the Government of Canada started to get ahead of the pandemic by launching a funding competition
with shorter timelines than usual.
worth $27 million dollars were approved across the country, many of them involving Alberta researchers. One of those researchers is Kimberly Noels, a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alberta.
Because the COVID-19 virus was first seen in China, it has led to stigmatizing people of East Asian descent that at times has led to verbal and physical abuse. Professor Noel's newly funded research will look at how risk perception and discrimination affects the actions of Chinese and non-Chinese Canadians when it comes to coping with the current situation.
Freelance broadcaster Don Hill talked with her about the research, how Canadians are behaving now, and how we can ensure that cultural differences do not get in the way of preventative health measures,