Coronavirus and the Social Impacts on Disabled People in Great Britain


Indicators from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey covering the period 27 March 2020 to 13 April 2020

Main points

  • Almost half (45.1%) of disabled adults, compared with around a third (30.2%) of non-disabled adults, reported being very worried about the effect the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having on their life. Nearly 9 in 10 disabled adults (86.3%) reported they are very worried or somewhat worried.
  • Nearly two-thirds (64.8%) of disabled adults said COVID-19-related concerns were affecting their well-being.
  • Disabled adults were significantly more likely than non-disabled adults to report spending too much time alone; around a third (35.0%) of disabled adults reported this compared to a fifth (19.9%) of non-disabled adults.
  • Finding a way to stay in touch with friends and family remotely is the most popular action that is helping people cope while staying at home; however, spending time with members of their household was a less frequent form of coping for disabled (41.9%) than non-disabled adults (63.5%).
  • Almost 8 in 10 (77.7%) disabled adults said they thought people were doing more to help others since the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Disabled adults are as active in supporting their communities as non-disabled adults; in the past seven days, a similar proportion of disabled (64.9%) and non-disabled adults (63.1%) said they had checked on neighbours who might need help at least once.