The recent second wave of COVID-19 infections besetting countries around the world has re-fueled narratives of young people as the main spreaders of the disease. These perspectives often cast young adults as irresponsible and dismissive of COVID-19 risks and public health.
Loss of income is one of the most common consequences of the pandemic. We analysed data from the second round of the Life with Corona survey to see whether there were differences between high- and middle-income countries in the number of people who experienced a decrease in income since the beginning of the pandemic.
A range of variables will influence how we experience the social, economic and emotional shock of the pandemic. This week, we set out to look at how one set of these variables might be governing our perceptions, behaviours and beliefs: who we live with.
One of the main aspects that has been affected by the pandemic is people’s mental health. Mental health is sensitive to stressful events and to the social and economic impacts that these events can bring.
For our latest analysis, we combined the Round 1 and Round 2 survey data to compare respondents’ behaviours during the first (end-March-early May 2020) and second (since early December) lockdowns in Germany.
Since the start of the new round of Life With Corona-survey in October, many countries have been facing a second wave of the pandemic. In addition to sharply increasing case numbers, this has also meant newly implemented containment measures.
Six findings from six months of Life with Corona, a global research project to collect real-time data on the social and economic impacts of COVID-19.
This week, we look at how people have been affected by pandemic-enforced changes to day-to-day life. Particularly, we are interested in those who have been forced to work from home and in those who have experienced difficulties finding standard goods in the supermarket. Although neither of these is a direct consequence of the health components of the pandemic, they capture the idea that the pandemic also has more mundane impacts on people’s lives.
Given the well-documented shortages in supermarkets and other stores, this week we will look at whether people are interested in using their outside space (should they be lucky enough to have it) to grow their own foodstuffs.
Trust in others is an important aspect of how people feel and interact with others, especially during crises.
This week, we wanted to understand if women and men globally were experiencing the coronavirus crisis in the same way, and to see which parts of it they might be experiencing differently.
• While trust in other people has dramatically declined in Spain, it has gone up in some countries including Portugal and the UK
• Trust in government on a decline everywhere – most of all in the USA
• There has been a noticeable drop in life satisfaction over the last three months in almost all countries analysed
• Most visible decline in overall happiness has been observed in Portugal and Spain
• Under 25s are willing to give up third of their income to stop coronavirus
• Willingness to give up income to stop the virus has increased slightly over time in all age groups
• Putting extra effort into keeping in touch with loved ones is on a decline
• Almost two-thirds report feeling stressed in the US, compared to half in the UK and Germany.
• More than one in three say they feel stressed when leaving their house.
- Support for COVID-19 related measures placed by the government is falling.
- Nearly half of US respondents think they should have priority access to a coronavirus vaccine if it is developed in their country.
- Social distancing is the greatest impact of coronavirus crisis for the Europeans and Americans, whereas Africans and Asians worry more about getting sick.
Even before the wearing of masks was made compulsory in enclosed spaces in Germany, their use was increasing.
Those who had contact with someone who might have the virus have worse perceptions of the medical sector, their neighbors, and the media than the wider population.
Those who might have been exposed to the disease are more likely to use more measures to stop the spread of the disease.
Those exposed to the virus are more likely to support priority access to a vaccine in their own country.