Wave 2: early April, a week into lockdown

In Wave 2, in early April, a week into lockdown, we found that:

  • 1 in 4 adults in the UK (24%) have felt lonely
    • This was highest among young adults aged 18-24 years old (reaching 44% up from 16% before lockdown)
  • Becoming ill (65%), and being separated from friend and family (65%) were still key reasons of stress, with almost 1 in 2 people (47%) also worried about someone who is particularly vulnerable
    • Two thirds of young adults (e.g. 18-24 years olds) (67%) worried about their career or education being interrupted
  • 1 in 5 people (20%) drunk more alcohol to cope with stress, this was more common among people in higher social grades
  • On a positive note, many more people than in mid-March felt well informed about the need for measures to control the spread of the outbreak (82%, up from 63%), said they have everything they need to manage (65%, up from 44%) and felt they can make a positive contribution (71%, up from 49%)
    • However, the proportion not coping well was much higher for those who are unemployed (25%) or a full-time student (24%), than for anyone in work (13%) or the population as a whole (13%)
  • Nearly 2 in 3 people (63%) said contacting family (via phone or video chat) was a key way helping them cope