A NEW survey has been launched by the International Loneliness and Social Isolation Research Network (I-LINK) to find out how people are coping during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Institute of Public Health is one of several organisations supporting the survey. Ulster University, Trinity College Dublin, Maynooth University, St James’s Hospital along with researchers from US, Canada, New Zealand, UK, and Norway are involved in the survey.
Physical distancing and restriction of movements as measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 requires people to change their work, home and social lives. It is suspected that more people than ever before are experiencing loneliness and social isolation due to Covid-19 restrictions. This survey aims find out if that is the case and build the evidence base.
The anonymous online survey is for people aged 18+ and includes questions on demographics, health, health behaviours, loneliness, isolation and personal experiences around Covid-19. It aims to help understand how people are coping during the Covid-19 pandemic especially in relation to loneliness and social isolation.
This survey data can offer invaluable insights into life before and during the Covid-19 pandemic, including key challenges faced and coping strategies used. It will help us understand how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on individuals, families, communities, policies and services at both a country and global level and will be key to informing society in the future.
By working with international experts and gathering data at a global level we can pool expertise and support governments and policymakers in making decisions to address challenges in this area.
Who is involved in this study?
The Institute of Public Health, Ulster University, Trinity College Dublin, Maynooth University, St James’s Hospital Dublin, Brunel, Boston College, Columbia University, George Mason University.; University of Auckland & Swansea University, Nipissing University; NORC at the University of Chicago; Brigham Young University; Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; University of California, San Francisco.