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This table lists studies that are currently investigating the impact of COVID-19, the topics they cover and further information from the agencies running them.

Some of these studies are not yet available through the UK Data Service. To keep updated with the latest COVID-19 data releases, please join our mailing list or follow @UKDataService for updates.

The conditions for accessing Special Licence and Secure Access data have also been temporarily changed to allow researchers working at home to continue to use our data. More information on this and the datasets these changes cover is available on our Secure Lab data COVID-19 update web page.

Study name Topics Further information

Opinions and Lifestyle
Survey – COVID-19
module

diagnosis and symptoms
self-isolation
impact on life overall
impact on work and finances
impact on school and university
impact on caring responsibilities
impact on wellbeing
impact on relationships
concerns around friends and family
purchase of groceries
perceptions of the future
opinions on the economic situation
opinions on and awareness of government guidance
opinions on and adherence to stay home guidelines
reasons for leaving home
hand washing and use of hand sanitiser
use and frequency of using tissues
working at home
spending time at home
avoiding contact
community spirit
life satisfaction, happiness and anxiety ratings
loneliness and levels of support
caring responsibilities
changes in wellbeing
home schooling and its impact
access to green spaces

ONS
Coronavirus
and the social
impacts on
Great Britain Statistical bulletins

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SN 8635 ONS Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, Covid-19 Module, 2020: Secure Access

concerns about work
concerns about household finances
understanding information about Covid-19
actions undertaken to prevent the spread of the virus
coping whilst staying at home and community support networks
indicators of well-being and loneliness
caring responsibilities
returning to school or college
leaving home
modes of transport used
problems with companies
individual characteristics (e.g., age, gender, health conditions, qualifications, ethnicity, employment, income)

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ONS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, UK

estimates of people testing positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) in England

ONS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, UK

COVID-19 Survey in Five National Longitudinal Cohort Studies: Millennium Cohort Study, Next Steps, 1970 British Cohort Study and 1958 National Child Development Study, 1946 British birth cohort, NSHD.

physical health (including COVID-19)
time-use
household composition, relationships and caring
pregnancy, children, school and childcare
housing and financial situation
finances and benefits
employment (pre- and post- outbreak)
education (pre- and post- outbreak)
health behaviours
social contact and social support
loneliness and mental health
trust
COVID-19 experiences (open text question)
linkage to COVID-19 symptom tracker app

UCL’s longitudinal
studies to survey thousands about
impact of COVID-19

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Understanding Society
- COVID-19 Study

coronavirus symptoms and test results
management of long-term health conditions
caring responsibilities
loneliness
employment and financial situation
home schooling
food and alcohol consumption
exercise and smoking
mental wellbeing

Understanding Society
Covid-19 survey web page

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Understanding Society: COVID-19 Study, 2020: Special Licence Access, Census 2011 Lower Layer Super Output Areas

This dataset contains Census 2011 Lower Layer Super Output Areas (LSOA) geographic variables for each wave of the Understanding Society COVID-19 study

A file is provided for each wave of the Understanding Society COVID-19 study to date containing the Census 2011 Lower Layer Super Output Areas (LSOA) geographic variable and a personal identification serial number (pidp) for file matching to the main data in SN 8644. There are two types of waves: web waves have a file postfix of _w and telephone waves have a file postfix of _t.

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Understanding Society: COVID-19 Study, 2020: Special Licence Access, Local Authority District

This dataset contains Local Authority District geographic variables for the Understanding Society COVID-19 study.

A file is provided for each wave of the Understanding Society COVID-19 study to date containing the Local Authority District geographic variable and a personal identification serial number (pidp) for file matching to the main data in SN 8644. There are two types of waves: web waves have a file postfix of _w and telephone waves have a file postfix of _t.

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ONS: Coronavirus and crime in England and Wales: August 2020

Impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on crime and people’s perceptions of crime during the April and May 2020 period of national lockdown.

Trends in police recorded crime
types of crime, crime estimates from the Telephone-operated Crime Survey for England and Wales (TCSEW)
perception and nature of crime during the coronavirus pandemic
public perceptions of police and their response to the coronavirus outbreak
children’s negative online experiences

ONS Statistical Bulletin

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Understanding Society: COVID-19 Study, 2020: Special Licence Access, School Codes

This dataset contains school code variables for the Understanding Society COVID-19 study.

Contains state school code, country of state school, private school name and private school town variables for both mother and father responses. A child personal identification serial number (pidp_c) is also provided for matching to the main data in SN 8644.

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ELSA Covid-19 study

experience of COVID-19 symptoms, illness, testing, and hospitalisation of the participant, their household, and people close to them
other health issues - new health conditions, access to hospital primary care, and medication
mental health - depression, anxiety and wellbeing
financial circumstances - changes in income and financial situation, worries and expectations about the future, ability to buy food, receipt of benefits
work - changes, risk of infection, job security
social connections and isolation - contact with family and friends, quality of relationship with partner, loneliness, internet and tv use, volunteering and caregiving
health behaviours - changes in smoking, drinking alcohol, physical activity, eating behaviour, sedentary behaviour, and sleep

ELSA 
Covid-19 study

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Estimating the effects of non-pharmaceutical interventions on COVID-19 in Europe, model fit for Bayesian model 2020

Europe
death rates
behaviour
transmission
bayesian modelling

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Quarterly Labour Force Survey

NB: This data does not contain questions that specifically address COVID-19 but is a special release in response to the situation - to make Labour Market statistics from this time period available outside of the usual LFS calendar quarters.

work history
hours worked
earnings (1992+)
education
health/disability
demographics
benefit entitlement 
caring responsbiilities
home-working

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ONS Time Use Survey - Coronavirus and how people spent their time under lockdown: 28 March to 26 April 2020

How the general population spent their time under lockdown
Unpaid work gap between men and women
Changes in time use across different income groups

ONS Statistical Bulletin

Dataset (ONS)

SN 8653 Business Impact of COVID-19 Survey, 2020: Secure Access

Impact of COVID on how businesses turnover, workforce, prices, trade and resilience have been affected over a two week reference period

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Listening to Young Lives at Work: COVID-19 Phone Survey, First Call, 2020

information about the household (roster, demographics)
knowledge and information about COVID-19
effect on health
effect on household labour
effects on education
effect on caring responsibilities
government support
subjective well-being

Young Lives phone survey web page

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Schools’ Responses to Covid-19: Key Findings from the Wave 1 and 2 Surveys, 2020

Specific diseases, disorders and medical conditions
Society and culture
Educational policy
Education
Social behaviour and attitudes

National Foundation for Educational Research web page

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SN 8689 Welfare at a (Social) Distance, 2020-2021: Wave 1

the UK benefits system during the Covid-19 pandemic
Benefits claims
Support in claiming benefits
Benefits
attitudes and stigma
Income, financial strain and deprivation
Employment/ Unemployment
Specific diseases, disorders and medical conditions

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ONS Coronavirus and shielding of clinically extremely vulnerable people in England

Age and gender of those asked to shield
Communications received about shielding, Whether following shielding guidance
Life satisfaction, impact on mental health and wellbeing
Change in health conditions since shielding
Personal care received, Support needed and received
Employment status, attitude to work, impact on work
Welfare benefits
Social contact, Frequency and reasons for leaving home

ONS Statistical Bulletin

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ONS Coronavirus and homeworking in the UK

Whether homeworkers work more or less hours than usual
Homeworking for any reason by: sex, age group, region, ethnicity, occupation
Homeworking at home due to COVID-19 by: sex, age group, region, ethnicity, occupation

ONS Statistical Bulletin

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ONS Coronavirus and the latest indicators for the UK economy and society

Impact on business performance
Social impacts of COVID-19
VAT reporting, GDP
Company dissolutions
Online job adverts
Online changes in the prices of food and drink
High street footfall
Road and traffic camera data
Shipping data

ONS Statistical Bulletin

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Specific datasets:

Weekly and daily shipping indicators

Online job advert estimates

Traffic camera activity

Online weekly price changes

Economic activity, faster indicators, UK

Telephone Crime Survey for England and Wales (TCSEW).

NB: This data does not contain questions that specifically address COVID-19 but is a reformatting of an existing survey in response to the pandemic

crime victimisation
fear of crime
perception of local area (antisocial behaviour, night-time economy and alcohol disorder)
attitudes towards police and criminal justice system

The normal face-to-face CSEW was suspended in March 2020 due to the pandemic and from May 2020 this interim telephone survey was launched in its place.

It operates as a panel survey, with respondents interviewed every three months. It has a sample size of approximately 3,200 households per month.

Not all CSEW questions are included due to time constraints and concerns around respondent safeguarding.

More information in the ONS 'CSEW: update, latest data and findings' slides from the Crime Surveys User Conference 2020

Scottish Victimisation Telephone Survey (SVTS)

(Variation on the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS))

NB: This data does not contain questions that specifically address COVID-19 but is a reformatting of an existing survey in response to the pandemic.

Victim form
Perceptions of crime
Feelings of safety
Worry about crime
Security consciousness
Perceptions of the police

The normal face-to-face SCJS was suspended in March 2020 and this interim telephone survey was launched in its place.

It’s main aim is to capture victimisation. Interviews ran in September through to October, with 2,654 interviews completed.

More information in the Scottish Government 'Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS) update' slides from the Crime Surveys User Conference 2020

OTHER COVID-19 DATA PUBLISHERS

Office for National Statistics

NHS England

GOV.UK

Welsh Government

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