One in five children goes on holiday with their grandparents

June 30th 2020

Fourteenth wave of  the Great Corona study shows more people want masks to be mandatory  

More and more people would like to see masks become mandatory, for example in supermarkets. And many children and young people are going on holiday with their grandparents this summer. This and much more was found in a new wave of the Great Corona Study. 

Tuesday saw the fourteenth wave of the Great Corona Study, on the last day of the school year. This questionnaire is an initiative of the University of Antwerp, supported by UHasselt, KU Leuven and ULB. The Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) provides a financial boost. Nearly 27,000 people completed the questionnaire. 

At the start of the summer holidays, the scientists asked questions about children’s holiday plans, among other things. An initial analysis of the data shows that a great many children and young people between the ages of 6 and 17 actually have holiday plans. Sixty-five percent say they are going on holiday with family. One in three is going to a sports camp, one in four is going to a youth club camp.  

‘Twenty percent of children and young people say they are going on holiday with their grandparents’, Prof. Thomas Neyens (UHasselt/KU Leuven) says. ‘For children up to 8 years of age, it is even about 25 per cent.’ 

Some other interesting results: 

  • People up to 65 years of age have more and more contact with others in the past two weeks. On average, they see 6 to 7 other people ‘in real life’ per week. People over 65 still see fewer people.  

  • The same evolution can be seen in shaking hands and giving kisses. We have also been doing this much more frequently for a few weeks now. Older people, as well as those in the 35–65 age group, are more cautious about this. 

  • The percentage of participants who reported having COVID-19 symptoms but didn’t wear a mask, decreased significantly over time. Young people were initially the least concerned, but now they are much more aware.  

  • Since the beginning of June, more and more respondents have indicated that they would like masks to become mandatory in certain situations; especially for customers in supermarkets and other shops. Only in the work context and on the streets do people not ask for more masks to be used. 

From now on, the Great Corona Study will be organised every two weeks. The next wave is scheduled for Tuesday 14 July between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. (available in four languages). / / /  

Be sure to take a look at, a project by Jonas Crèvecoeur (KU Leuven). Here you can find a comprehensive overview of the results of this study to date.