The past weeks I made some screenshots from bol.com, NL’s biggest online store. They have a section on their front page called ‘hardlopers’, products that are popular. This section captures the state of mind of the Dutch rather accurately.

This screenshot I took on February 28th, a day after the first Corona infection was confirmed in The Netherlands.

28 February: soap and disinfectant

On March 15th, a few days into an appeal to work from home and the same day closure of schools, daycare, restaurants etc. was announced I took this screenshot.

15 march: home gym gear, cheap laptop, puzzle mat

Last Tuesday, March 31st, more than two weeks into the Dutch intelligent lock-down and the day prolonging of the lock-down was announced, these items were popular.

31 march: clippers, yoga mat, puzzle mat and a crafting box