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.
Nearly two in five respondents admitted stockpiling at the start of the survey. That had fallen by more than half by last weekend. Does this, truly, capture a downward trend? Or were supermarket closures because of public holidays at work in the data? Tell us your experiences by answering the survey!
Older people are more likely to stockpile than younger people.
People are not stockpiling the goods that are most commonly unavailable.
The majority of respondents struggled to find toilet paper.
Who stockpiles more – Americans, Britons or Germans?