30th March, 2020
UCL Behavioural Science and Health has launched a study into the psychological and social effects of Covid-19 in the UK.
The results from this are vital if they are to understand the effects of the virus and social distancing measures on individuals. This will help them to track trajectories of mental health and loneliness in the UK over the coming weeks, identify which groups are most at risk, and understand the effects of any potentially protective activities people could be engaging in. This will help to inform the advice that people are given about how to stay well at home.
They are aiming to recruit a large longitudinal sample, and would be grateful if you could spread the word about the study. In particular they are looking for cascades of the study through relevant newsletters and mailing lists and any efforts that will help to ensure a diverse sample.
The study is open to all adults in the UK. Participation involves answering a 15-minute online survey now and then answering a shorter 10-minute follow-up survey once a week whilst social isolation measures are in place.
To take part, visit www.covid19study.org
They will be providing public data releases each week. You can sign up to receive these here. They are also liaising with key policy and healthcare bodies within the UK, and with teams in other countries to produce cross-national comparisons. If there are other stakeholders you feel they should be communicating directly with, do let them know.
Dr Daisy Fancourt MA(Oxon) MM PhD FHEA FRSPH
Associate Professor of Psychobiology & Epidemiology / Wellcome Research Fellow
Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health
Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care
University College London
1-19 Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7HB
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