Health, work and COVID-19

Microscopic illustration of the coronavirus that was discovered in Wuhan, China - iimage is an artisic but scientific interpretation, with all relevant surface details of this particular virus in place

In March 2020, the UK experienced one of the most devastating shocks to the economy in living memory. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and the urgent need for social distancing, major changes to the way we live and work were enforced as the UK entered lockdown.

While the lockdown has affected everybody, our preliminary work shows how people with chronic health conditions and disabled people may be disproportionately impacted.

For example, working people with mental health problems are more likely work in ‘shutdown’ sectors.

Download the early evidence on this issue (PDF, 786KB) 

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