We’re Coping “Extraordinarily Well” With COVID-19 Restrictions

The people of Ireland are not showing signs of behavioural fatigue in the face of the restrictions imposed on us to ‘flatten the curve’ and contain the spread of COVID-19.

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This is according to ongoing research by Professor Liam Delaney of UCD School of Economics and his colleagues in the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) Behavioural Change Subgroup.

In an Irish Times article Prof. Delaney and co-author Pete Lunn of the ESRI look at how we’re adapting to the stresses and challenges of having our freedom curtailed, our social lives diminished, and our normal routines disrupted. Notwithstanding the inevitable worry and anxiety, a majority of the population are supportive of the restrictions, acknowledging our collective responsibility and the impact our behavior is having in limiting the spread of infection.