We’re unlikely to see a Covid-19 vaccine until 2021.
But when a coronavirus vaccination does become available in Ireland, a new survey suggests that the majority of people will be happy to get it.
Research commissioned by Virgin Media Ireland and conducted independently by Amárach, surveyed 2,000 people aged 18 and upwards in mid-July across all regions of the country.
Nearly seven in 10 people (67%) said they would avail of a vaccine if and when it becomes available.
82% of people said they have already downloaded (60%) or will download (22%) the Government’s recently COVID-19 tracker app.
The findings indicate that people have been concerned for both their physical and mental health during the crisis.
While 80% said their physical health remained good during this time, approximately four in 10 people felt that their mental health ranged from poor to middling during the current pandemic and recent lockdown. Many used broadband and online services for advice, information and support during this time.
20% of those surveyed gave a specifically low rating for their mental health with others rating their mental wellbeing as average (17%) and the remainder saying they felt very good/excellent (63%).
More of us are staying fit online
Virgin Media found that people are intent on staying fit, no matter the circumstances with nearly two-thirds (65%) taking part in live, online fitness and training classes more often than they usually would and 30% saying this will continue in the future.
Half of all respondents said they had accessed a mix of videos, podcasts, blogs and social media specifically to support their wellbeing during the lockdown, with 40% saying they would continue to watch online videos and listen to podcasts about diet, health and fitness.
“There has been a surge in video usage across the Virgin Media network with upstream traffic increasing by 73%.” notes Paul Higgins, Vice-President, Virgin Media Ireland.
“With a 52% increase in connected devices, we’re seeing more people in the home using the internet for more activities including fitness wearables. The research shows more people engaging with live fitness classes taking place over zoom and other platforms which is also driving some of this increase.”