A report published after the UCL’s COVID-19 Social Study revealed that on balance a third of people in the United Kingdom (UK) have been enjoying the lockdown, while 46% people have not been enjoying the lockdown imposed due to the novel coronavirus and 21% have mixed feelings.
The research also shows that 17% of the people have not been enjoying the coronavirus lockdown ‘at all’, whilst only 4% of people have been enjoying it ‘very much’.
According to the study, the adults aged 30-59 have been enjoying lockdown the most, as have people living with others, those with higher household incomes, people without any prior mental health conditions, and those living with the children.
The report further revealed that the people in Scotland and Wales have been enjoying the lockdown, imposed to contain the spread of the pandemic, less compared to those in England.
As per the details, the ongoing study, launched in the week before the lockdown started, is being funded by the Nuffield Foundation with additional support from the Wellcome and United Kingdom (UK) Research and Innovation (UKRI).
It is pertinent to mention here that it is largest study in the United Kingdom into how the adults are feeling about the lockdown with over 70,000 participants who have been followed across the last 14 weeks.
The participants of the survey were also asked how much they would miss the lockdown from one (not at all) to seven (lots). As per the results, 36% responded that they would not miss the lockdown at all, and just 5% said they would miss it very much. On the other hand, 26% answered that they would miss the lockdown more than not miss it, while 61% felt they would not miss it overall, and 13% were mixed in their feelings.
The study has also revealed that the health behaviors of the people have also been affected during the lockdown.
As many as 40% of adults have been reported gaining weight across the lockdown with 4% of the adults reporting gaining lots of weight. The study further finds that 17% of the adults reported drinking more than normal and 33% reported smoking more than normal days.