Understanding the psychological and social impact of the pandemic

The COVID-19 Social Study is a research study run by University College London, exploring the effects of the virus and social distancing measures on adults in the UK during the outbreak of COVID-19.


The results from this study are vital in informing the advice given to people, the support made available, and the decisions taken.


Watch what we've learned about COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.



We are all grappling with the many challenges that have arisen with the pandemic and lockdown - we want to ensure that all voices are heard.


Participate in telephone interviews to help us understand your experiences in more depth. 



Your input will help us to:

We are sharing the results each week with key decision makers, including:

Along with hundreds of mental health organisations, community groups and charities, so the results are having an impact every day. Your input will guide the advice they give to stay well at home, and support us as we emerge from the crisis.

The study is funded by the Wellcome Trust the Nuffield Foundation, with further support from UK Research and Innovation. However, the views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily the funders. Click here to read more about the Nuffield Foundation. We are grateful for support with recruitment from Find Out Now, HealthWise Wales, NUS, Age UK, SEO Works, the Ramblers, and FieldworkHub.

Track patterns of mental health and loneliness in the UK over the coming weeks

Understand which groups are most at risk

Identify potentially protective activities people could be engaging in