COVID-19 survey content and data
Find out about the topics covered in the survey, response, and how to access the data.
We carried out an online survey of the participants of five national longitudinal cohort studies in May 2020, and over 18,000 study participants took part.
The data is now available from the UK Data Service.
Participants in all four of the national longitudinal cohort studies that we manage at CLS, as well as participants in the MRC National Survey of Health and Development, were invited to take part.
These studies have been following large nationally representative groups of people since birth, with ages currently ranging from 19 through to 74:
The aim of the survey was to collect insights into the lives of study participants including their physical and mental health and wellbeing, family and relationships, education, work, and finances during the lockdown. The questions focused mainly on how participants’ lives had changed from just before the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020 up until their response to the survey during the height of the lockdown restrictions in May 2020.
The survey covered different topics, including:
An open question on how the pandemic affected the lives of participants was also included.
Participants were also asked to use a COVID-19 symptom tracker app, developed by King’s College London, so that the data collected through this app could be linked to their study records.
The full questionnaire is available to download from this page. A second survey (Wave 2) will be in the field in August.
In August we’ll be running our first online training session to help researchers find their way around the COVID-19 data and the weights we’ve included. This is scheduled for 6 August and you can view the event page here.
We will share our own initial analysis of the data through a series of briefings.
Explore the links below to find out more.