Key persons should be involved in policy for pandemics
RIVM advises government authorities to involve ‘key persons’ in formulating policy for current and future pandemics. Results from RIVM research show that these individuals played a key role in ensuring an ongoing focus on social well-being and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the limitations.
Public opinion: keep society open and continue providing healthcare during COVID-19 surge
In the long-term approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dutch government is assigning a key role to civil society and private citizens. When asked what their priorities are in that context, the answer was to prevent delays in surgical interventions.
Significant increase in support for and compliance with coronavirus measures
Compliance with coronavirus measures such as working from home, distancing and testing if you have symptoms increased during the recent period of high infection rates and hospital admissions.
Wider availability of self-tests leads to higher willingness to test
As of Friday 3 December, the recommendation in the Netherlands is to use a self-test in case of mild symptoms, as an alternative to a test by the Municipal Public Health Services (GGDs).
Compliance with coronavirus measures requires attention
Compliance with coronavirus measures such as working from home, distancing and testing if you have symptoms decreased in the weeks leading up to the Cabinet’s recent press conference.
More than health risks play a role in compliance with coronavirus measures
The risk of COVID-19 is not the only factor that determines compliance with the coronavirus measures; other risks also play a role.