During the Christmas holidays, significantly more people had visits over the floor than in the months before. This is evident from behavioural studies conducted by RIVM, which measure the impact of corona every few weeks. The latest research was done between 30 December and 3 January among more than 51,000 participants.
73 percent of the respondents received visits at least once a week during the Christmas holidays. In the previous behavioural study, in mid-November, it was still 60% and 45 percent in April.
One in five people who received visitors had more than two guests at the same time. During Christmas the maximum number of visitors was three per day, for the other days a maximum of two was applied. Furthermore, it is less and less successful to keep distance during the visits. Around the holidays, only 44 percent of people did that, compared with 56 percent in November.
Compliance can be better
Overall, compliance with the corona measures has remained stable in recent months, but according to RIVM, it could be even better. Most coronavirus rules are observed by more than half of the people. Virtually nobody shakes hands anymore and 93 percent of people put on a mouthcap in public indoor spaces. Frequent hand washing (more than ten times a day) is still done only by a minority.
More people go into quarantine in case of complaints and get tested. We are talking about 66% of those respondents; in the previous round of questions it was 58%.
The respondents are a little more concerned about the coronavirus. Almost half (47 percent) are (a lot) worried about corona, in mid-November it was 41%. According to the RIVM, these percentages correspond to the level of the first lockdown.
The readiness for vaccination has risen sharply in one and a half months. In November, 62 percent of people said they wanted to get vaccinated, and around the New Year it was 80 percent. Especially elderly people are jumping to get pricked.
When making their choice about vaccination, hardly anyone says to base themselves on the opinions of well-known Dutch people or on social media. Many people look at the information accompanying the invitation to the vaccination or information from the RIVM or the general practitioner. Media coverage also scores high.
Enthusiasm about approach dropped
It is striking that the respondents are less enthusiasm about the policy. Of the respondents, 45 percent are positive or very positive about the corona approach. In the previous measurement round, that was 58 percent.
The Dutch approach arouses very little enthusiasm when looking at other countries. Then only 21 percent is (very) positive, a large halving compared to November.
The RIVM says that the questionnaire was decreasing around the turn of the year, at the time when there was a lot of media attention for the governments vaccination plans. There was a commotion about this, because the Netherlands was the last country in the European Union to start coronavirus vaccinations.
Last week, another study showed that 72% of all or a large part of the Cabinet measures are in favour of. The research of I&O Research was conducted on behalf of DeccEit, among 2193 people. The sample is considered to be representative for Dutch from 18 years of age.
In the RIVM survey, more than 80 percent of respondents agree with the statement that the government “is doing its best to do it right”. In mid-May, that percentage stood at 93 percent.