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August 2020

How has Covid-19 affected loneliness?

How has Covid-19 affected loneliness?
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  • People who felt most lonely prior to Covid in the UK now have even higher levels of loneliness. This increase began as physical distancing and lockdown measures were introduced in the UK, in March 2020.
  • Adults most at risk of being lonely, and increasingly so over this period, have one or more of the following characteristics: they are young, living alone, on low incomes, out of work and, or with a mental health condition.
  • The impact on wellbeing from people at risk of loneliness is likely to be compounded by other economic and social impacts experienced by the same people, such as those experiencing job losses and health anxieties.
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What do we mean by 'loneliness'?


Who is lonely?

The Covid-19 effect

Implications for a wellbeing-based recovery

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