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Coronavirus and the social impacts on disabled people in Great Britain 

By April 27, 2020National News

This report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), extracted from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey covering the period 27 March 2020 to 13 April 2020, finds that: 

  • Almost half (45.1%) of disabled adults, compared with around a third (30.2%) of non-disabled adults, reported being very worried about the effect the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having on their life. Nearly 9 in 10 disabled adults (86.3%) reported they are very worried or somewhat worried. 
  • Nearly two-thirds (64.8%) of disabled adults said COVID-19-related concerns were affecting their well-being. 
  • Disabled adults were significantly more likely than non-disabled adults to report spending too much time alone; around a third (35.0%) of disabled adults reported this compared to a fifth (19.9%) of non-disabled adults. 
  • Finding a way to stay in touch with friends and family remotely is the most popular action that is helping people cope while staying at home; however, spending time with members of their household was a less frequent form of coping for disabled (41.9%) than non-disabled adults (63.5%). 
  • Almost 8 in 10 (77.7%) disabled adults said they thought people were doing more to help others since the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Disabled adults are as active in supporting their communities as non-disabled adults; in the past seven days, a similar proportion of disabled (64.9%) and non-disabled adults (63.1%) said they had checked on neighbours who might need help at least once. 

You can read the full report here (opens in a new tab)  

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