Over 9 in 10 adults (92%) in Great Britain have left their home this week – the same proportion as last week; and of these, almost 1 in 5 (18%) said they had visited somewhere that was crowded.
Of those adults who said they were in employment, almost 8 in 10 (79%) said they had worked this week, either by working at home or travelling to work, an increase from 7 in 10 (70%) last week.
A greater proportion of those who had worked in the past seven days did so from home, with 49% saying they had either exclusively worked from home or had worked from home alongside travelling to work; an increase from 41% last week.
4 in 10 adults (40%) reported that they had used face coverings outside of their home in the past week, an increase on last week (30%).
Of those adults who had used public transport in the past seven days, 62% had worn a face covering when travelling on public transport – an increase from 45% last week.
Just over 1 in 5 (21%) adults with children of school age reported that they had been asked to send their children back to school. Two-thirds (67%) of these said that their children were now attending school some or all of the time."
This weekly bulletin contains data and indicators from a new module being undertaken through the Office for National Statistics' (ONS's) Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN) to understand the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on British society.
The statistics in this publication are based on a survey of 2,500 adults aged 16 years and over conducted between 11 and 14 June 2020 (inclusive). Results this week are based on 1,896 responding adults (76% response rate).
It contains breakdowns of results by sex and for identified "at-risk" groups that have been advised to take additional precautions. This includes those aged 70 years and over and those with certain underlying health conditions. The full list of conditions is included in the Glossary.
Results in the weekly bulletin are for Great Britain only unless stated otherwise.
This bulletin presents a summary of results, with further data including confidence intervals for the estimates contained in the associated datasets. Where changes in results from previous weeks, or differences between groups are presented in this bulletin, associated confidence intervals should be used to assess the statistical significance of the change. Not all differences commented on in this bulletin are statistically significant.
Throughout this bulletin, "this week" refers to responses collected during the period 11 to 14 June 2020 and "last week" refers to those collected during the period 4 to 7 June 2020.Back to table of contents
For children that had been homeschooled this week, they spent on average 13 hours learning, with the most common resources used being:
school-provided digital resources accessed through online learning platforms (for example, pre-recorded lessons, assignments, e-workbooks; 85%)
devices provided by parents (such as laptops and tablets; 80%)
school-provided digital online learning resources (for example, BBC Bitesize, YouTube; 64%)
However, almost 6 in 10 adults (59%) who have homeschooled their children this week said their children were struggling to continue their education at home. Lack of motivation, limited parent or carer time to support and lack of guidance and support were the most common reasons for children to be struggling. A detailed analysis of the social impacts the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had on younger people, will be published Monday 22 June.
In England, some children are now able to return to school.
Just over 1 in 5 (21%) adults with children of school age reported that they had been asked to send their children back to school, with two-thirds of (67%) these saying that their children were now attending school some or all of the time.
Of those who have been asked to send their children back to school but have taken the decision not to, almost 7 in 10 (68%) said this was because they were not comfortable with how prepared their school or college was for keeping pupils safe, and over 6 in 10 (64%) had not sent their children back to school or college as they were worried about them catching COVID-19 there.Back to table of contents
Almost two-thirds of adults (64%) said they were very or somewhat worried about the effect that the coronavirus (COVID-19) was having on their life now. This has decreased when compared with last week (68%) after remaining stable over the previous three weeks.
The most common impact continues to be a lack of freedom and independence with almost 6 in 10 adults (56%) reporting this. Other common issues were an inability to make plans (52%) and personal travel plans being affected (50%).
Almost half of adults (48%) said their well-being was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the past seven days, an increase from 42% last week. The proportion of those aged 70 years and over who reported their well-being had been affected (34%) continued to be lower than the general population, however, for those with an underlying health condition it was higher at 60% – an increase from 56% last week.
The most common issues affecting well-being continue to be feeling worried about the future and feeling stressed or anxious (62%), followed by feeling bored (57%).
Through the weeks of lockdown, of the four measures of personal well-being, falling anxiety levels have seen the largest change over the period, falling again this week to an average score of 3.8 out of 10. As a point of reference, the average anxiety rating of people in the UK in Quarter 4 (Oct to Dec) 2019 (pre-COVID-19) was 2.97, although it should be noted that these figures come from different surveys. An analysis focused on personal and economic well-being throughout the lockdown period, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people and households in Great Britain is available in Personal and economic well-being in Great Britain: June 2020.
The proportion of adults reporting high anxiety has fallen from 32% last week, to 30% this week. Adults with underlying health conditions have seen the largest decrease with 3 in 10 adults (30%) reporting high levels of anxiety this week compared with 39% last week.
A detailed analysis providing insights into coronavirus and anxiety was published on 15 June 2020. This showed that the characteristics most strongly associated with high levels of anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic include feeling lonely all or some of the time; being a woman and being married or in a civil partnership. Feeling lonely was the factor most strongly associated with reporting high anxiety – people who "often or always" felt lonely were almost five times more likely to report high anxiety than those who “never” feel lonely.
This week around just over one-quarter of adults (26%) reported feeling lonely either often or always, or some of the time, an increase when compared with last week (21%). A more in-depth look at loneliness in Great Britain during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is available.
|Group||4 to 7 June||11 to 14 June|
|Percentage that report well-being is being affected||All adults||42||48|
|70 years and over||32||34|
|Mean anxiety score*||All adults||3.9||3.8|
|70 years and over||3.5||3.4|
|Percentage with high anxiety (score 6-10)*||All adults||32||30|
|70 years and over||31||26|
|Percentage feeling lonely (often, always and sometimes)||All adults||21||26|
|70 years and over||21||20|
Download this table Table 1: Indicators of well-being.xls .csv
Underlying health condition
In this bulletin, adults with an underlying health condition include those with:
Alzheimer's disease or dementia
angina or long-term heart problem
a learning disability such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or Asperger's (Asperger syndrome)
conditions affecting the brain and nerves, such as Parkinson's disease
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or long-term lung problem
kidney or liver disease
a weakened immune system such as the result of conditions as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or treatment for cancer
problems with your spleen -- for example, sickle cell disease, or if you have had your spleen removed
being overweight (having a BMI of 40 or above)
given an organ transplant
stroke or cerebral haemorrhage or cerebral thrombosis
For this survey, a person is said to be "in employment" if they had a paid job, either as an employee or self-employed; they did any casual work for payment; or they did any unpaid or voluntary work in the previous week.
A dependent child is defined as someone who is under the age of 16 years or someone who is aged 16 to 18 years, has never been married and is in full-time education.Back to table of contents
The Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN) is a monthly omnibus survey. In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have adapted the OPN to become a weekly survey used to collect data on the impact of the coronavirus on day-to-day life in Great Britain. In this wave, 2,500 individuals were sampled, with a response rate of 76% (or 1,896 individuals) for the survey conducted from 11 June to 14 June 2020.
The survey results are weighted to be a nationally representative sample for Great Britain, and data are collected using an online self-completion questionnaire. Individuals who did not want to or were unable to complete the survey online had the opportunity to take part over the phone.
Where changes in results from previous weeks or differences between groups are presented in this bulletin, associated confidence intervals, which are included in the associated datasets, indicate their significance.
More quality and methodology information on strengths, limitations, appropriate uses, and how the data were created is available in the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN) QMI.
A sample of 2,500 households were randomly selected from the European Health Interview Survey. From each household, one adult was selected at random but with unequal probability. Younger people were given higher selection probability than older people because of under-representation in the sample available for the survey. Further information on the sample design can be found in the OPN QMI.
The responding sample contained 1,896 individuals (76% response rate). Survey weights were applied to make estimates representative of the population.
Weights were first adjusted for non-response and attrition. Subsequently, the weights were calibrated to satisfy population distributions considering the following factors: sex by age, region, tenure, and highest qualification, employment status, National Statistics Socio-economic Classification (NS-SEC) group and smoking status. For age, sex and region, population totals based on projections of mid-year population estimates for June 2020 were used. The resulting weighted sample is therefore representative of the Great Britain adult population by a number of socio-demographic factors and geography.Back to table of contents
The main strengths of the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN) include:
it allows for timely production of data and statistics that can respond quickly to changing needs
it meets data needs: the questionnaire is developed with customer consultation, and design expertise is applied in the development stages
robust methods are adopted for the survey's sampling and weighting strategies to limit the impact of bias
quality assurance procedures are undertaken throughout the analysis stages to minimise the risk of error
The main limitations of the OPN include:
the sample size is relatively small: 2,500 individuals per week with fewer completed interviews, meaning that detailed analyses for subnational geographies and other sub-groups are not possible
comparisons between periods and groups must be done with caution as estimates are provided from a sample survey; as such, confidence intervals are included in the datasets to present the sampling variability, which should be taken into account when assessing differences between periods, as true differences may not exist
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