Essential Report

Personal impact of Covid-19

Aug 17, 2021

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the Covid-19 pandemic and its effects?:

TOTAL: Agree Aug’21 Apr’20
I have a clear idea of what I can and can’t do under social distancing rules 75% 79%
Social distancing will probably get easier over time 56% 61%
I’m able to get more things done around the house 54% 61%
[Asked only to those currently in paid work] I find I’m able to get more things done for work 38% 37%
I feel lonelier now, than before the pandemic 37% 36%
I’m worried by the effects of social distancing on my personal relationships 34% 29%
[Asked only to those currently in paid work] I’m working longer hours than I used to before the pandemic 30% 29%
I’m developing stronger friendships with people I can only contact via phone or internet 28% 31%
  • Compared to last year, many effects of lockdowns have become no more manageable.
  • 38% are able to get more things done around the house (37% in April 2020), and 37% say they feel lonelier than before the pandemic (36% in April 2020).
  • However, more people than last year say they are worried about the effect of social distancing on their personal relationships (34%, up from 29%), and fewer people say social distancing will get easier (56%, down from 61%), and they are more productive around the house (54%, down from 61%).
  TOTAL: Agree TOTAL: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither disagree nor agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
I have a clear idea of what I can and can’t do under social distancing rules 75% 10% 38% 37% 15% 6% 4%
Social distancing will probably get easier over time 56% 17% 15% 41% 27% 11% 6%
I’m able to get more things done around the house 54% 14% 15% 39% 32% 8% 6%
[Asked only to those currently in paid work] I find I’m able to get more things done for work 38% 17% 12% 27% 45% 11% 5%
I feel lonelier now, than before the pandemic 37% 37% 13% 24% 25% 18% 20%
I’m worried by the effects of social distancing on my personal relationships 34% 39% 10% 24% 27% 22% 17%
[Asked only to those currently in paid work] I’m working longer hours than I used to before the pandemic 30% 40% 9% 21% 30% 23% 17%
I’m developing stronger friendships with people I can only contact via phone or internet 28% 30% 7% 21% 42% 17% 13%

 

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