1. Impact of Coronavirus
Data was collected on the day-to-day impacts of Coronavirus on people's finances and health. This section presents some information on how respondent's finances and health have been affected by the pandemic.
Those who are working or furloughed were asked about the perceived level of threat to their job, resulting from Coronavirus. Figure 1 shows that this has remained fairly consistent, around a quarter, during January and February but fell to its lowest level (21%) by mid-February.
Source: YouGov weekly Scotland survey. Base (n=440-454)
Respondents were asked, one month from now, how concerned they were, from extremely concerned to not at all, about paying their bills, about not having a job and not being able to provide for their household. 10-13% were 'very' or 'extremely' concerned.
Source: YouGov weekly Scotland survey. Base (n=1009-1038)
When asked in mid-January, 80% agreed that they were worried about the long-lasting effect of the restrictions on their job and the economy. This is fairly consistent with levels seen when this question was asked in December.
Source: YouGov weekly Scotland survey. Base (n=1038)
To understand the potential impact on other health issues, respondents were asked if they would avoid contacting a GP for immediate non-Coronavirus medical concerns. As shown in Figure 4, a quarter or more agreed that they would avoid doing so.
Source: YouGov weekly Scotland survey. Base (n=1000-1038)
In January, 43% of respondents agreed that they were worried about their mental health with the latest changes. In February, 50% agreed that they were worried about the effect of the ongoing lockdown on their mental health.
Source: YouGov weekly Scotland survey. Base (n=1016-1038)
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