In the fight back against the spread of Covid-19, using technology and the internet, 82% of people say they have already downloaded (60%) or will download (22%) the Government’s recently launched Covid-19 tracker app, research has indicated.
This detail emerges from research commissioned by Virgin Media Ireland and conducted independently by Amárach Research, surveying 2,000 people aged 18 and upwards in mid-July across all regions of the country. The research focused on broadband and its connection with health and wellbeing.
In the research, nearly 7 in 10 people (67%) also said they would avail of a vaccine if and when it becomes available.
Virgin Media Ireland’s research shows people have relied heavily on broadband to support their physical and mental health while staying at home during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis - with the majority saying they have been using the internet more regularly for health related information and support.
The findings indicate that people have been concerned for both their physical and mental health during the crisis.
Broadband and WiFi usage soars
Paul Higgins, Vice-President, Virgin Media Ireland said, “The current crisis has created a lot of stress for many people. It’s clear that broadband has role to play in supporting ongoing resilience and wellbeing, helping people stay connected to health and fitness related activities, access information they need to stay well and, most importantly staying in regular contact with people in their own families and in the wider community, whether that’s social or work related.
Households have been using our high speed broadband more than ever before as millions have stayed at home while staying connected to loved ones and the activities they enjoy. There has been a surge in video usage across the Virgin Media network with upstream traffic increasing by 73%. With a 52% increase in connected devices we’re seeing more people in the home using the internet for more activities including fitness wearables. The research shows more people engaging with live fitness classes taking place over zoom and other platforms which is also driving some of this increase.
“We’ve designed our network to cope with the different patterns of usage our customers need to live their lives in these new and different circumstances. Broadband and connectivity have a key role to play in the country’s ongoing renewal, recovery and future continuing success and we’ll continue to help customers in making connections that really matter to them.”
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