Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health Dr Tony Holohan; ‘Worry Index’
Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said new research shows that people are feeling less worried about Covid-19 and warned this may cause them to drop their guard.
It follows the reporting of an additional 252 cases of the disease but no further coronavirus-related deaths.
Dr Tony Holohan said the latest study by Amárach showed that the worry level has reduced and is now similar to levels last seen in July.
A third of those surveyed said they thought the worst is yet to come but 28% believed the worst was behind us – which the National Public Health Emergency Team considers “significant” he told a media briefing.
Dr Holohan said: “It’s not that we want people to be worried but we do think there is a correlation between people’s level of concern and ultimately the behaviours that people exhibit.
“It can lead us to drop our guard from time to time in ways that we may not intend to.”