Almost half of people aged 25-34 would flout rules in second lockdown – survey
Almost half of people aged 25 to 34 told a survey that they would flout rules in a second coronavirus lockdown.
The poll found one in five people believe they have had Covid-19 despite not having a positive test.
Two thirds of those who took part in the nationwide survey said they think a second lockdown will happen in the UK.
Those aged between 25 and 34 were most willing to say they would ignore official guidelines if that happened, with 47% confessing that they would flout the rules.
Some 39% of those aged 18 to 24 said they would not closely follow the lockdown measures, while only 23% of those aged 65 and over gave the same answer.
The survey of 2,000 adults, conducted in July 2020, found NHS swab tests for Covid-19 were believed to be the most trustworthy but 44% of respondents said they were unsure about their efficacy.
Private rapid-result antibody tests were the least trusted of all the testing options.
Dr Sam Rogers, medical director of healthcare blood testing company Medichecks, which commissioned the study, said it showed people were “confused”.
“Worryingly, people are drawing their own conclusions of whether they’ve had the virus and are behaving accordingly,” Dr Rogers said.
Of the thousands of Covid-19 antibody tests carried out by the company, 85% have received negative results.
Dr Rogers said “many people” believed they had been exposed to the virus but did not have detectable antibodies.
The survey found only 8% of people thought that having coronavirus delivered total immunity.
However, 60% of respondents told the poll that it meant people had a lower chance of getting the virus again or infecting others.
“If people aren’t sure but suspect they have had Covid-19, there is a risk that they may behave differently,” Dr Rogers said.
“This could manifest as not washing hands regularly, not adhering to social distance guidelines, and these are actions that will risk a second peak and ultimately cost lives.”
Only 8% of those polled had Covid-19 confirmed with a positive test.