How has Covid-19 and associated lockdown measures affected loneliness in the UK?
This briefing highlights findings from the Covid Social Study, as part of ongoing data analysis work with University College London.
This study has surveyed more than 70,000 people since March 2020, asking different questions about their experiences and wellbeing over the past few months, including asking people about loneliness.
Since lockdown in the UK started towards the end of March, the way that we interact with friends, family and colleagues have been profoundly altered. Most aspects of social life were put on hold with the closure of non-essential shops, pubs and restaurants, community venues and theatres. Sporting and music events were cancelled. So with all this distance created in our social lives, how lonely did this make us feel?