Will there be more measures? Our behavior counts in particular this week

Even before the effect of the new measures is visible in the infection rates, the Outbreak Management Team and the cabinet are already talking about new corona measures. For this, there are various investigations into our behavior and the extent to which we adhere to the basic rules. A decision will be made on 12 November.

This time, in particular, the results of the behavioral research will determine whether there will be new corona measures. โ€œWe don‘t only want to determine in three weeks that something was insufficient. That is why it is good that there will be a more rapid reflection on the measures,โ€ OMT chairman Jaap van Dissel said Saturday.

It takes an average of two weeks after taking measures before you can see if the number of infections and hospitalizations is falling.

Enforcement and behavior

The Ministry of Justice and Security is conducting an investigation into compliance with the control of the corona entry certificate from Saturday to Wednesday. The first results show that control โ€œreally can still be better,โ€ Minister Grapperhaus said today.

The RIVM also has an additional investigation carried out these days due to its own corona behavioral unit. Bas van den Putte, professor of health communication at the University of Amsterdam, advises that corona behavioral unit. According to him, the questions that are asked are mainly about the basic measures: โ€œKeep 1.5 meters away. Do you stay at home with complaints. Are you getting tested?โ€ , he said in the radio program News and Co.


types of questions are asked every three weeks by the behavioral unit, but a short extra measurement is made especially for this week. โ€œThere they ask exactly the same questions as last time. In this way, we see if people are complying with the measures better, worse or maybe the same,โ€ says Van Den Putte.

He acknowledges that the measurement is not entirely representative of the entire Dutch population. For example, people who strongly oppose the corona measures, according to him, are not quickly inclined to participate in the RIVM research. โ€œIt’s ultimately about the trends in compliance. And that trend has to bend if we want to go in the right direction.โ€

Is it enough?

Epidemiologist Alma Tostmann from the Radboudumc has her reservations about this approach. โ€œI am not convinced that with this new package of measures, we can turn the tide. So even though you would see in the behavioral survey that everyone suddenly adheres to the measures for 100 percent, we do not yet know whether that is also sufficient to reduce the number of infections and thus the hospital occupation.โ€

According to her, the behavioral research can provide insight into the behavior of people indoors. โ€œThere is now a lot of attention to the places where you need to use a QR code, but many infections occur in the home situation. At parties, for example.โ€

In the latest behavioral research, from mid-October, you can see that 15 to 25 percent of people who receive visits keep their distance. In the spring, that was still 40 to 50 percent. The airing of the house before and after receiving a visit (partly due to the cold weather) has also decreased considerably. From 62 percent to 37 percent.