How Covid has affected society

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has been investigating the social impact of Covid-19 on families and society in Britain. Do their findings mirror your own experiences?

  • This week, almost all adults (96%) who had left their homes said they had worn a face covering to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) – an increase from 84% last week and 71% the week before.  97% report wearing one in England.
  • Almost 4 in 10 adults (37%) said they would feel comfortable or very comfortable eating indoors at a restaurant this week, an increase from last week (34%).
  • Of those adults who had left their homes this week, more than 1 in 5 (21%) said they had visited a pub, restaurant or café, an increase from 10% three weeks ago (period covering 8 July to 12 July 2020).
  • Over 4 in 10 adults (41%) reported that the coronavirus was affecting their well-being this week; of these adults, 14% reported that they were worried about a possible job loss.
  • Over half of adults (53%) reported they currently see family members less than they did prior to the coronavirus pandemic, despite the easing of restrictions.
  • Almost 7 in 10 adults (69%) said they would feel comfortable or very comfortable to attend an appointment with a healthcare professional in person, however fewer people reported that they would feel comfortable or very comfortable if they were attending a hospital appointment (61%) or Accident and Emergency (A&E) (55%)

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