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What the data says about our first ten days in lockdown

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Julian Dailly EVP 02/04/2020

Coronavirus daily tracker: 2nd April 2020

As isolation fatigue sets in further, more people are venturing outside.

Fewer than one in ten (8%) of those that leave the house went to see friends or family

While more than two in five (44%) people are telling us that they’re currently self-isolating,  we are starting to see evidence of this declining – after half (51%) of people told us they were self-isolating on Monday, this dropped to 44% yesterday.

This is backed up by people telling us that they’re leaving the house, with almost half (47%) saying that they left the house on Tuesday. While this is a sharp fall since we started tracking (from 75% when we began tracking), it was as low as 37% in Monday’s data, and has risen steadily in the days since.

We are, however, still seeing half of people (51%) working from home when they would not ordinarily. This has risen by 21 points since we started tracking.

Last week we saw a Monday supermarket spike, but by Tuesday things had dropped again. We have not seen the same this week, with 26% of people who left the house telling us that they went to the supermarket on Tuesday. This is still a big drop since we started tracking (49%) but is a 9 point rise since Sunday (29th).

Fewer than one in ten (8%) of those that leave the house went to see friends or family, compared to a quarter (25%) when we started tracking.

One in five people (21%) who visited a supermarket on Tuesday said that they didn’t see any empty shelves, compared to one in twenty (6%) when we started tracking and 16% on Monday.

The toll on mental health 

Level of worry still remains high, with 55% saying that they feel very worried or worse about COVID-19. This has now been consistently over 50% since the data collected on Sunday 22nd March (so pre-official ‘lockdown’) and has risen 14 points since we started tracking (Weds 18th).

Two in five people (42%) are still telling us that their disposable income has decreased as a result of COVID-19. This has been fairly consistently above 40% since Saturday 28th and has risen by 15 points since we started tracking.

Most people are doing what they can to keep the virus at bay. Four in five people (81%) tell us that they are mostly or entirely following the government’s advice. This has been 80% or higher since Wednesday 25th of March. This compares to just 58% who said they were following most or all of the government’s advice since we started tracking.

We will be updating our coronavirus tracker daily and weekly as this unprecedented pandemic unfolds. The full data set can be downloaded here. Please get in touch for more information.

This data originally appeared in The Telegraph.

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