Essential Report

Specific Covid-19 concerns

Apr 14, 2020

Q. To what extent are you concerned about these possible impacts of the Covid-19?

  Very concerned Quite concerned Not that concerned Not at all concerned Unsure
The Australian economy as a whole 45% 40% 10% 3% 2%
General unemployment if companies are forced out of business 39% 40% 12% 5% 4%
The physical health of close family members 32% 41% 19% 6% 3%
My economic situation if I lose my job or have less work 32% 26% 16% 19% 7%
The impact on my superannuation, savings or investments 31% 32% 18% 12% 7%
My physical health and catching the virus 27% 35% 26% 8% 3%
My close family members’ mental health 24% 38% 24% 11% 3%
My ability to buy food and essential items if stores run out 23% 35% 26% 12% 3%
Children’s development by missing out on school 21% 31% 23% 17% 8%
My mental health as a result of social distancing 18% 29% 28% 22% 3%
  • Economic issues are seen as most concerning when thinking about the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis. 45% say they are worried about the economy as a whole and 39% are very concerned about general unemployment.
  • The top concern for 18-34 year olds was their financial position if they lose a job or work (40% said this was very concerning). The economy (37%) and general unemployment (36%) were also main concerns for this age group. Those aged 18-34 were more likely than other age groups to be concerned about the impact on their mental health (25% to 15%), and that of their families (30% to 21%).
  • Concern for children is highest among those in households with dependent children (30% are very concerned).

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