Coronavirus (COVID-19) and society: what matters to people in Scotland?

Findings from an open free text survey taken to understand in greater detail how the pandemic has changed Scotland.


1 Barriers to adherence with COVID-19 restrictions - (; Public attitudes to coronavirus (COVID-19) - (; REPORTS | COVID Social Study

2 Wellbeing and living with COVID protection measures - Scottish Government - Citizen Space (

3 Please note, not everyone completed each question. See Annex B for a more detailed breakdown of the sample and responses. For information on how this sample compares to Scotland’s population see the census website Population | Scotland's Census (

4 The Impact of COVID-19 on Wellbeing in Scotland: Wave 4 Fieldwork 26 Jan –11 Feb 2022 (

5 Public Attitudes and Behaviours Around Coronavirus in 50+ Charts (

6 Findings of the Second Permanent Secretary's Investigation into alleged gatherings on government premises during Covid restrictions - GOV.UK (

7 Clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) Who is at high risk from coronavirus (COVID-19) - NHS (

8 Public attitudes to coronavirus (COVID-19) - (

9 In March 2020, ‘shielding’ was introduced to protect people at the highest risk of negative COVID-19 outcomes. The term shielding was then replaced by the ‘highest risk list’. COVID-19 shielding programme (Scotland) impact and experience survey – part two (

10 Note again that the survey was carried out in late January to mid-February 2022, with greater easing of restrictions taking place in April 2022. Coronavirus in Scotland - (

11 Similarly, University College London’s COVID-19 Social Study found that more people were worried about their finances (38%), than about catching COVID-19 (33%) when asked in March 2022. Worries about finances outstrip concerns about catching Covid-19 | UCL News - UCL – University College London

12 Research found that disabled people, those on low incomes and women were more likely to report that they find it harder to ‘bounce back’ from hard times. Coronavirus (COVID-19): impact on wellbeing - survey findings - (

13 Long COVID or post-COVID-19 syndrome is when symptoms continue or new symptoms develop in the weeks or months after the COVID-19 infection has gone. Long COVID | Your COVID Recovery (

14 The Scottish Government has since announced on 19 May 2022 a long COVID Support Fund across 2022 which includes care co-ordinator roles, extra resource to support a patient-centred assessment, including a multi-disciplinary assessment service, and additional capacity for community rehabilitation to support people with issues affecting their day-to-day quality of life. £3 million awarded to long COVID projects - (



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