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As we fight this hard battle, a brave new reality may be on the horizon

Paul Moran


New study reveals the nation's stoicism and fears as we adapt to the new realities of coronavirus, writes Paul Moran

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Grianan of Aileach ring fort in Co Donegal

Grianan of Aileach ring fort in Co Donegal

Grianan of Aileach ring fort in Co Donegal

On Friday we reached the grim milestone of 1,000 deaths due to Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland. Nearly 300 in Northern Ireland have also succumbed. Every one of those has a story to tell, but apart from those closest to them, we will probably never hear those stories. As the daily death toll rises, we are struggling to compute what has happened over these few short weeks.

But are we becoming inoculated to this suffering? Kantar has been tracking the sentiments of how people feel. Our latest study, conducted between April 9 and 15, shows some interesting shifting of the sands.

We are still hugely concerned with the situation. But if we look at the trends over the past month, we are becoming slightly more at ease. When we first asked this question, directly after Leo Varadkar's St Patrick's Day address to the nation, more than six in 10 (61pc) endorsed this statement to the highest level ("strongly agree"). As time has gone on, we have become slightly more nuanced. Now just over half (52pc) feel the same. This would suggest that after the initial shock to the system, we have become more sanguine about Covid-19, from a health point of view.