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Emotional rollercoaster of Covid-19 takes its toll as public mood falls - poll

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Gary Joyce of Genesis

Gary Joyce of Genesis

Gary Joyce of Genesis

A more negative national mood has become evident as we get to grips with how Covid-19 has affected on our lives.

A national study has revealed the struggles many are facing as they learn to live with the "new normal".

Genesis, a business advisory firm, has published the findings of an in-depth national survey which indicates that people have been significantly affected emotionally.

The study found that "what had been a positive collective psychology is changing to a more negative national mood".

Boredom, fear and sadness have increased most. Happiness and satisfaction have declined most.

Hope remains "somewhat intact" but has also declined significantly.

1.19m people have experienced an income drop and are economically affected, but significant numbers have experienced no financial impact.

From a health perspective, most people are more concerned about others contracting Covid-19 than they are of catching it themselves.

After freedom to travel and meeting with family and friends, most miss eating out and going shopping.

Shocks

A total of 63pc felt the Government has been looking after their interests, and 55pc said the crisis makes them appreciate the value of trusted news and media outlets.

An Post and supermarkets are seen as stand-out brands in their reaction to the crisis.

Gary Joyce, Genesis Managing Partner, said: "As Ireland moves from the initial phase of the Covid-19 crisis towards a planned reopening, Irish people are showing remarkable fortitude and resilience in the face of extreme and rapid emotional, financial, lifestyle and health shocks.

"However, there are those who feel the world as they knew it is not on pause but has gone for good and they have lost things they valued at breakneck speed.

"As society restarts, choices and decisions will need to be made that will require hard trade-offs for individuals, families, communities, business, society and Government.

"The winners in business are likely to be those who have deep empathy and sensitivity to the changes taking place.

"For political, societal and business leaders it will be important to mitigate against divisiveness by recognising the effort of those who have gone above and beyond as well as those who through their compliance with the rules of lockdown, also contributed to flattening the curve and protecting others."

The survey of 1,008 Irish adults, was conducted online at the end of April.