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Public expects the crisis to go on for ten months

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Julian Dailly EVP 01/04/2020

Coronavirus weekly tracker: 1st April 2020

Each week we ask 2,000 UK adults, representing around 45m people, about their experiences during the coronavirus outbreak. Additionally, you can gain a daily view of public opinion here.

Half of UK adults foresee they’ll have less disposable income in a post-Covid world.

Here are the key points from this week’s update:

  • More victims: The death toll at the start of the week rose above 1,500 in the UK
  • Rising infections: 24% of people know of someone with Covid-19, up from 22% last week. That 2% rise represents over 1m more people, though the rate of increase is slowing
  • More people expect to catch the virus: 41% (18m people) believe they are likely or extremely likely to catch coronavirus, up from 33% last week
  • More in self-isolation: 51% of people are self-isolating as of Monday 30th. Only 27% of us left the house on Monday as self-isolation becomes the new normal
  • More homeworking: 51% of the population is now working at home
  • Stockpiling continues: Of those going to supermarkets, a quarter are “stocking up”, rising to 48% in London, even if less are experiencing outages. Supermarket sales soar.
  • Stabilising anxiety: Now 39% of adults are anxious about the situation, down from 45% last week
  • Stabilised crisis duration: The population expect the crisis to go on for 10 months, as they did last week
  • More following government advice: 45% now following advice “entirely” up from 36% last week, still a hard core of 17% follow “Sometimes” “Mostly not” or “Not at all”, flat on the week.
  • Economic worry persists: Half of UK adults foresee they’ll have less disposable income in a post-Covid world, and still most amongst the self-employed.

Our altered lives go on…

As we always say, these posts raise important questions about the role of research in a time of crisis, just as much as they stimulate questions about how the population is dealing with the unfolding, unravelling reality of life in the UK during a pandemic.

Our goal is simple: to help our clients and the business community stay in touch with our increasingly disrupted population and to help everyone better understand what’s going on and what it means for them.

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