The Psychology of Increased QR Code Scanning after a New Covid Case is Reported

“The most recent Covid-19 community case involving a Northland woman who contracted the virus while in managed isolation has elicited a number of reactions from people.

“One reaction was an uptake in QR code scanning and Bluetooth users. Others rushed to the supermarket, anxious about a potential alert level change.

“There is absolutely no need to panic about anything … you can still go to the supermarket in the event that any restrictions were put in place,” Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said in response.”

But what drives this behaviour, and how can it be managed?

I did an interview about this with OneNews which is written up here.

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