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Only 60% of people are keeping to the rules

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Feedingthebirds1 Thu 09-Apr-20 21:49:10

Which means it's almost certainly lower than that, and the figure for ignoring them altogether is higher. It's well documented that not everyone is truthful in answering surveys, even if the survey is anonymous some people will give the answer that makes them look best.

An interesting blog on the subject

A few years ago there was a survey asking people how often they had a bath/shower. Someone then worked out that if everyone was telling the truth, sales of soap and shower gel in the UK would have to be at least three, and maybe five times higher. Either that or everyone was only using about half a teaspoon of shower gel.

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lljkk Thu 09-Apr-20 21:59:40

I thought the Imperial models generally assumed only 50% would keep the rules. So people are keeping to the rules much better than expected, or maybe 15% are lying so the 50% is achieved.

Anyway, what matters is if the curve is flattening. We hear it probably is flattening.

okiedokieme Thu 09-Apr-20 21:59:49

I only use about a tsp of shower gel, it's all you need with a puff!

Surveys are only as good as the sampling, from personal experience most people are fully complying, or at least trying

Sweetheart1313 Thu 09-Apr-20 22:42:38

I agree with @okiedokieme re: the sampling. Saying only 60% are complying (meaning 40% are breaking the rules) is misleading. The article shows a further 27% said ‘nearly all of the time’ with only 5% rarely or not complying.

People may not be confident that they know the ins and outs of the rules, so put the ‘nearly’ answer. Or they’ve done something slightly outside of the rules eg. Dropping Easter eggs to their family but leaving on doorstep on the way home from work, going out for a walk and to the supermarket on the same day, still working because they haven’t got the equipment to work from home but aren’t a key worker etc.

The vast majority of people I know (95%+) are complying

BeijingBikini Thu 09-Apr-20 23:03:59

TBF, whenever there's a Mumsnet thread on "How often do you wash your clothes/sheets/towels" or "how often do you change the blue cloth you use for your worktops", I lie because otherwise I get loads of abuse.....

Isadora2007 Thu 09-Apr-20 23:07:32

It depends on how they’re not following the rules though as tbh many non following rules don’t actually increase risk eg going out twice per day if you’re fairly rural or visiting a relative by arranging to meet in the park and socially distancing. Compared with hosting parties or whatever the risks are minimal and geography will also play a role here too. So it’s not worth the hand wringing really.

RufustheLanglovingreindeer Thu 09-Apr-20 23:13:22

Yeah i agree with sweetheart

NoClarification Thu 09-Apr-20 23:19:33

What do you mean by following the rules? I haven't been near a human being who is not a member of my family for 10 days. But I did walk 200m to the postbox yesterday to post a birthday card. I crossed nobody on the way. I did not touch the postbox as I dropped my letter in. But it was not strictly speaking an essential trip. So perhaps I am not 'keeping to the rules' in the way the MN Stasi might accept, but on the other hand I'm damned sure I have put nobody at increased risk. Spirit not letter. I reckon that applies to 99% of people I know. If more than 50% of people are making no effort to comply, why is my town a ghost town?!

BreconBeBuggered Thu 09-Apr-20 23:35:57

I see people who are not complying all the time. Families who all live on the same estate who all apparently figure that they were all part of the same household once, or they face enough danger from their public-facing jobs, so how much worse can it be to go and see their sister/daughter/cousin/brother's dog, or they've spent twenty five minutes waiting to get into the supermarket, and they're buggered if they're going to wait until someone else is a safe distance away before lungeing at the sausages.

ForestDad Thu 09-Apr-20 23:41:17

I often have a shower with only water.
On average someone goes out from our house twice in 3 days for either exercise or shopping.

Flaxmeadow Thu 09-Apr-20 23:46:12

Same here Brecon

In the last week the traffic has gradually crept back up again and is now back to how it was 3 weeks ago
Most people are not social distancing
Pubs are having 'lock ins' (according to my friends on the phone)
Parties in houses
People having picnics and drinks in parks and beauty spots
The only obvious social distancing is outside supermarkets when staff make people queue, but once inside no one takes any notice.

Florencemattell Fri 10-Apr-20 00:20:43

You are allowed to leave home to travel to work if you can’t work from home. You don’t have to be a key worker to be allowed to work. There are lots of jobs that can’t be done from home.

Sweetheart1313 Fri 10-Apr-20 10:01:59

@Florencemattell exactly, I’m not a key worker but still going to work as I can’t WFH but with only about 1/3 of the staff in. However, some people might think that this is potentially ‘breaking the rules’ because of the crap some people post on social media and on here and other forums. So it’s easier for people to put ‘nearly’ because they’re not 100% confident of the rules.

Florencemattell Fri 10-Apr-20 13:49:53

Yes I agree , I’m a nanny and planing to go back to work soon. I have had insults and negative comments on social media.
I obviously can’t do the job from home.

Calmdowndeary Fri 10-Apr-20 13:52:33

Roads are definitely getting busier. A lot of people are visiting family as well

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