The coronavirus outbreak may be trending downwards but new figures, hidden behind a litany of statistics, are causing growing disquiet.
An internal poll of "risk perceptions" among the public by the Department of Health asked people to rate how worried they are about the coronavirus, on a scale of one to 10.
The measure is continuing to fall, and is currently at 5.7, down from a high of 7.3 on St Patrick's Festival week in March.
Questioned whether they believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us, nearly one in two say it is - a 10pc jump since the beginning of May.
A small but significant number - some 6pc - think the Government's reaction to the outbreak was too extreme, up from 1pc in late March.
That may explain why more observers are seeing a 'goodbye panic' behaviour emerging.
There were reports of parties by canals, in back gardens, and groups of bathers gathering at the Forty Foot in Dublin yesterday. The roads are busier.
It's as if the first phase of the exit from lockdown has left more of the population agitated with the smallness of life that has been imposed for months.
The novelty of Zoom quizzes has worn thin and there is the agony of businesses lying idle and jobs on the line.
The Amárach research showed the top causes of worry were the economy and personal finances.
Although, thankfully, the number dying from the virus is falling and the number of new cases is shrinking, the battle against the virus may be entering a new risky phase.
The opening up of businesses and sports already means a certain loss of control and there are ongoing clusters of infection rising rather than falling.
One of the areas of serious concern now is meat plants, where the number of new cases among staff rose by 328 to 828 in a week.
We are told that outbreak teams are working with the plants but there has clearly been a failure so far to bring the infection under control among the workforce, something that is still being seen in several factories.
The virus has not gone away in nursing homes and other residential centres. Latest figures show more new cases, although much of the spread has been contained.
There is the ongoing threat of the community bringing the virus to these hotspots or the infection leaking out, fuelling new clusters.
The impact of the lockdown easing and the return of some construction work, as well as the reopening of hardware shops, garden centres and golf clubs, will not be seen until the middle to the end of next week, when figures for new infections are released.
It would be a huge setback if the rate of infection starts to rise again and would wreck any hopes of bringing forward some of the scheduled roadmap openings.
At least the testing and tracing system has been ramped up, but the challenge will be to root out outbreaks of infection as soon as possible and quell them swiftly.
There are also some consoling findings in the opinion-tracking research which can mitigate risk as we head into a summer of uncertainty.
Almost all adults, some 85pc, now say they would be willing to wear a face covering, with men slightly less eager.
When asked what safe behaviours they are doing more of as a result of the coronavirus, 94pc said they are washing their hands more often.
Nine in 10 said they are staying at home rather than going out, and 86pc are physical distancing in a queue, while 82pc are using sanitiser.
Shifts in social behaviour, which will come as we move towards the next phases of the roadmap exiting lockdown, will create more chances for human contact and the potential for spread of the virus if the basics of physical distancing and other safeguards are not rigorously followed.
The threat of a second wave is ever-ready to sneak up on us, and preparing hospitals may not be as easy the next time as more non-Covid care is being delivered.
Scientists say the risk associated with even a small change in patterns of human contact can be substantial.
There are other factors too, outside of our control, which will have to be tackled.
Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan recently wrote to the Minister for Health Simon Harris warning of the risk if cases of the virus are imported here by airline passengers who had been in Britain and then travel through Northern Ireland to avoid the 14-day quarantine.
The virus first entered Ireland from people being infected abroad and then it spread here domestically, spurring the start of restrictions in March.
It would have a further damaging impact on the morale of the nation that has sacrificed so much in recent months if that route was to become a significant mode of transmission once again.
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