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Coronavirus and loneliness, Great Britain: 3 April 2020 to 3 May 2020

By June 8, 2020National News

This is the latest in a series of reports produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) 

The main points are: 

  • 5.0% of people in Great Britain (2.6 million people) reported that they felt lonely “often” or “always” between 3 April and 3 May 2020, about the same proportion as pre-lockdown. 
  • Of those asked, 30.9% (7.4 million people) reported their well-being had been affected through their feeling lonely in the past seven days. 
  • Working-age adults living alone were more likely to report loneliness both “often or always” and over the past seven days than the average adult; this was also the case for those in “bad” or “very bad” health, in rented accommodation, or who were either single, or divorced, separated or a former or separated civil partner. 
  • Both those feeling lonely “often or always” and in the past seven days had lower personal well-being scores including higher anxiety scores than the Great Britain average, but the effect was stronger among those feeling lonely “often or always”. 
  • Both those feeling lonely “often or always” and in the past seven days were more likely than the average to say they were struggling to find things that help them cope during lockdown. 
  • Around 7 in 10 of those feeling lonely “often or always” “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that they had people who would be there for them, compared with 9 in 10 of the Great Britain average. 

To read the full report go to the ONS website (opens in a new tab) 

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