How are you coping with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic v2? Weeks 6 & 7 reportDownload (PDF 998KB)
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This report covers weeks 6 and 7 of the second version of the Coronavirus survey. It covers the period 04th May to 18th May 2020. The demographic information is provided and an analysis of the responses to each of the open questions.
There were 143 responses over these two weeks covering a range of different age groups, though still predominantly female and of white ethnic origin. We also received several responses from the LGBTQ+ community, which is a positive step towards ensuring all our research is inclusive. The average mental health score prior to the pandemic was 78, which is rated as very good. The average rating for the impact of the pandemic on mental health was 34 (not much of an impact) which again is very positive. However there were 43 people, which is about 1/3 who identified as having mental health issues. For this sub-group their average scores were much lower for mental health and they felt the pandemic had resulted in a more profound and negative impact. Analysis seems to suggest that there are huge benefits to having close relationships with family and friends. People who reported these close relationships also tended to say that they were coping well. Those who felt isolated and alone were more likely to tell us that they were struggling. One respondent told us “family is key to having strong mental health.” An issue raised by responses to the medical appointment questions is the impact of delayed testing and treatment, particularly for cancer. There is growing awareness that some people are being put ‘on hold’ with no confirmation of when they will be seen. Overall the responses to phone and video consultations has been very positive, although some people pointed out that they are not suitable for all types of condition and appointment