The Irish public has not majorly shifted its behaviour in response to a latest surge in Covid-19 instances, analysis suggests.
Amid a excessive price of vaccination in Eire, the newest analysis from the Financial and Social Analysis Institute (ESRI) discovered behaviour didn’t change considerably in latest weeks as case numbers elevated.
The examine covers the interval from November third to tenth.
Head of the ESRI’s behavioural analysis unit, Pete Lunn, mentioned the shortage of a major public response is probably going right down to the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines.
“Once people were getting vaccinated and seeing the vaccination being rolled out, they became less worried by increased case numbers,” he instructed Newstalk radio.
“That makes sense of course because catching the disease becomes less serious – the vaccines partly protect you against hospitalisation and that messaging was very successful – so it makes sense that people who get vaccinated become less worried.”
Mr Lunn mentioned attitudes should still change within the coming weeks.
“It’s quite possible that as we actually see the pressure really grow on the health service and on the hospitals, that we will see a stronger behavioural response, if you like, over the next few weeks,” he mentioned.
“But [in] our data thus far, up to last week, [we] don’t see any major shifts in people’s behaviour in terms of the number of people they meet, and the likelihood that they have a close contact.”
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It comes as an extra 3,138 instances of Covid-19 have been confirmed on Friday, with well being officers warning that Eire is ready to face a “difficult” few weeks amid a surge in infections.
The nation’s deputy chief medical officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, mentioned that it was potential Eire might report 200,000 instances of Covid-19 in December.
Individually on Friday, chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan mentioned “anyone who is going to get Covid-19 in December has not yet been infected.”
“Their infection is not inevitable and there is still time to prevent it by small changes in our behaviour,” he mentioned.