COVID-19: new findings from the Welsh well-being survey

  • Public Health Wales
  • 21 May 2020

  • curated by Pavankumar Kamat
  • UK Medical News
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A weekly survey was launched by Public Health Wales (PHW) in April 2020 to highlight the effect of COVID-19 on the physical, mental and social well-being of Welsh people and how they are coping with the pandemic. The survey is a part of a series of measures introduced by PHW to support public health and well-being, which also includes the ‘How are you doing?’ campaign.

Key findings for the period from 11 May 2020 to 17 May 2020 are as follows:

  • Seventy-three per cent of respondents felt the restrictions that are in place in Wales to control the spread of COVID-19 were justified.
  • Ninety per cent believed it should be more than three weeks before schools reopen.
  • Fifty-nine per cent said they preferred to stay under lockdown until there was no risk of acquiring infection.
  • Sixty-two per were still worried ‘a lot’ about losing a loved one to COVID-19.
  • Eleven per cent of respondents reported using face masks most of the time when going out, and 17 per cent said they used masks sometimes.
  • Fifty-four per cent agreed that people in public places should be made to wear masks, and 84 per cent agreed to the use of masks on public transport.
  • Only 29 per cent supported children having to wear face masks after schools reopen.

Professor Mark Bellis, Director of Policy and International Health at PHW, said: "Critical to the successful easing of measures established to control the spread of coronavirus will be ensuring the public understand and support any gradual changes in restrictions. Campaigns to educate people about the risks to health posed by coronavirus have been very successful. As a result, these findings show how most people in Wales are still very cautious about any changes in restrictions and how those changes might increase risks to themselves and their loved ones."