Experts at Cardiff University and Cardiff Metropolitan University are urging people from across the UK to take part in a survey to assess how people feel about - and how they are responding to - one of the biggest health crises facing the country in recent history.
The wide-ranging questionnaire asks how much impact people feel the pandemic is having on their lives, and what they think about the way the government and health services are responding.
The researchers hope up to 10,000 people will take part - and those organising the frontline response will get early access to the reports to help inform the measures they are taking.
Project leader Dr Rhiannon Phillips, a lecturer in health and wellbeing psychology from Cardiff Metropolitan University, said: “We’ve set this project up very quickly because we want to capture what’s happening right now. This is one of the first projects of its kind in the UK. These are uncertain times for many people - the situation is changing rapidly - and we want to make sure we document the here and now and the challenges we’re all facing.”
Dr Emma Thomas-Jones, a researcher who leads on infection, inflammation and immunity research at Cardiff University, said: “We want to know what people are thinking, feeling and doing to help the response to this crisis now - but also as a matter of historical record.”
The survey should take about 20-30 minutes to complete and questions include:
The researchers want to hear from people aged 18 or over with a wide range of experiences, but particularly urged men, people aged under 30 and those aged over 60 to respond. They would also like to hear from people who are finding the current situation particularly difficult due to their personal circumstances. They plan to repeat the survey, which is currently unfunded, in three months and again in a year to see how attitudes shift over time.
The survey will be open until 12 April.