COVID-19 survey

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:

  • Physical health (including COVID-19)
  • Time use
  • Family and household
  • Financial situation and benefits
  • Employment and education
  • Health behaviours
  • Mental health and social connectedness

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.

Latest on COVID-19


Poor mental health in lockdown most common among young women

7 August 2020

Young women are the most likely to have experienced high levels of depression, anxiety and loneliness in lockdown, compared to older adults, according to new research from the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS)…


Hours worked dropped by 40% in lockdown

30 July 2020

The number of hours worked in Britain dropped significantly in lockdown, with mothers most likely to sacrifice work for home schooling and developmental play, according to new research from the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS).


COVID-19 data from five national longitudinal cohort studies now available

17 July 2020

Researchers now have access to data about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected over 18,000 participants of five nationally representative longitudinal cohort studies based at UCL.


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

5 May 2020

The UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) has launched a nationwide survey of the participants of five national longitudinal cohort studies, to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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