Briefing note COVID-19 survey: health and caring

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Understanding Society Working Paper Series


Michaela Benzeval, Cara L. Booker, Jonathan Burton, Thomas F. Crossley, Annette Jäckle, Meena Kumari and Brendan Read

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The Understanding Society COVID-19 study is a regular survey on the experience and reactions of the UK population to the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey is an integral part of Understanding Society and researchers can link the data from the COVID-19 survey to answers respondents have given in previous (and future) waves of the annual Understanding Society survey. The survey is funded by the ESRC and the Health Foundation. This briefing note covers five broad topics: the experience of COVID-19 symptoms, testing and hospitalisation, use of health services for long-term health conditions, mental health and loneliness, health behaviours, and the receipt and giving of care.  


Psychology, Demography, Public Policy, Well Being, Health, Social Stratification, Caregiving and Covid 19

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