RIVM research 1.5 meters of society.

The outcome of the research into the experiences of the Dutch population with the 1.5 meter society. Before that, 90,000 people, aged 16 and older, were questioned. The link to the research is at the bottom of this article.

The research provides insight into how people experience the measure and the impact it has on their daily lives. 2/3 of the respondents indicate that they are experiencing difficulties with keeping a distance of 1.5 metres in the supermarket and 1/3 during a walk or during visits or visits. It doesn't seem that easy.

Although you often read reports about how much the environment has improved and what positive consequences it can have for us, this study also shows a number of figures that indicate that the 1.5 meter does not really improve the overall health. Another study shows that the predicted increase in the number of suicides has not been reported. The figure has even fallen. However, the number of people who reported to have more suicidal thoughts on the emergency phone has risen as a result of the corona crisis and the number of confused people.

Back to the RIVM investigation. In this case, 1/3 of the respondents reported to be more anxious, more or more often gloomy, stressed or lonely.

1/5 has more sleep problems and half of people move less.

Positive is that 12% less has started smoking, but on the other hand, 28% have started smoking (much) more.

27% indicate that their diet has changed. You may wonder if that is beneficial or unfavorable. Perhaps a slightly better picture of this had emerged when asked how the body weight was. When I look at the popularity of cooking, baking and roasting recipes on Facebook and also on this forum, I fear the worst. In any case, a lot of people are less comfortable in their skin and the consequences for their health will probably not be visible until a long time.


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