When it comes to self-isolating, social distancing, and avoiding seeing close relatives, there’s a distinct trend. The number of people reporting this behavior jumped at the end of March as national lockdowns were enforced in Germany, Australia, and the UK, and peaked the following week.
From there the numbers either fell or went unchanged week-on-week, reaching their lowest point in our latest study. Currently, 46% of people reported they are self isolating or social distancing, while 42% reported they’re avoiding seeing close relatives.
In comparison, the use of hand sanitizer has remained stable throughout. Around 50% of people reported using hand sanitizer or increasing the regularity of its use every week.
Given that these don’t line up with significant changes to lockdown rules across countries, the data suggests that people are engaging in particular behaviors regardless of the current state of the outbreak or government orders.
When we look at the country level, disparity between them becomes quite clear.