A weekly survey conducted by Public Health Wales (PHW) is highlighting the impact 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 recently launched ‘How are you doing?’ campaign.
Key findings from the survey are as follows:
- Nineteen per cent of respondents were worried ‘a lot’ about their own mental health and well-being.
- Sixty-two per cent of respondents said they were worried ‘a lot’ about losing a loved one to COVID-19.
- Sixty-five per cent of respondents with children in their household reported being worried ‘a lot’ about the well-being of their children.
- Ninety-four per cent of respondents reported having access to support from family or friends when required.
- Thirty-seven per cent of respondents reported talking to family and friends more often than they normally would.
- Twenty-five per cent of respondents reported feeling ‘often’ or ‘always’ isolated.
Professor Mark Bellis, Director of Policy and International Health at PHW, said: "Currently there is strong support across Wales for the actions taken to prevent the spread of the virus. During these measures, most people feel they have support from within their communities – an essential element for health and wellbeing during these challenging times."