COVID-19 Scotland Wave 1: Key Findings

In Wave 1, in mid-March, before lockdown, we found that:

  • 64% of adults in Scotland have felt anxious or worried because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 This was highest among students (79%), and women (70%)

 31% of adults in Scotland have felt afraid and 21% have felt panicked

  • Passing the Coronavirus on to someone else (81%) was the top concern among Scottish adults:

 Becoming ill with the Coronavirus (59%), coping with uncertainty (57%), not able to care for friends and family (56%) and being separated from friends and family (if I have to self-isolate (52%) or if they have to self-isolate (55%)) were some key reasons of stress

 73% of people aged over 70 years old reported concern about being vulnerable because of their age.

  • On a positive note, 53% of Scottish adults were worried about vulnerable groups (e.g. elderly, someone with a pre-existing medical condition), 32% would volunteer to help if it didn’t increase their risk of catching it, and 27% would volunteer even if it may increase their personal risk of catching it.

Sample size was 1,015 adults across Scotland. Data was collected by YouGov on 17th - 19th March 2020. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all adults in Scotland (aged 18+).