Public Health Wales (PHW) has been conducting regular assessments since 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 national engagement survey is a part of a series of measures introduced by PHW to support public health and well-being.
Key findings from the report for the week of 2-8 November 2020 are as follows:
- Sixty-two per cent of respondents were in strong favour of a national Welsh lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19.
- Twenty-one per cent of respondents reported being very worried about getting infected.
- Seventy per cent of respondents reported wearing a face covering ‘most of the time’ when they step out of their homes.
- Sixty-seven per cent of respondents used reusable cloth face coverings, and 51 per cent used disposable face masks (reporting use of both was permitted).
- Forty per cent of respondents reported being concerned ‘a lot’ about their ability to stay in touch with family and friends over the coming months.
- Fifty per cent of respondents rated their current happiness as high, the lowest proportion since the survey began.
- Nineteen per cent of respondents reported ‘often’ or ‘always’ feeling isolated in the last seven days, and 13 per cent had ‘often’ or ‘always’ felt lonely.