Does our household type put us at more risk from the effects of Covid-19?

Access to outdoor space, overcrowding, precarious finances and insecure employment are all factors which can cause households to be more vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19.

New research by the University of Southampton and University of St Andrews, found that certain types of households were particularly at risk of both short and long-term socio-economic or health problems which could be made worse by the virus. The study examined Understanding Society data collected from around 19,500 households.

Who could be at risk?

  • Working-age households are more likely to face financial, housing and employment uncertainties.
  • Retirement-age households are more vulnerable when it comes to health and access to modern technology.
  • Households in London and Scotland are less likely to have access to the internet or home computers than other regions of the UK.
  • Northern Irish households are more likely to be vulnerable to precarious financial situations

    Dr Katherine Keenan believes the findings, which imply that the short and long-term consequences of the Covid-19 crisis are likely to vary by household type, can be used to create targeted policies: “Policy measures should consider how vulnerabilities cluster together across different household types, and how the Covid-19 pandemic may exacerbate already existing societal inequalities.”

Read the full paper online