A new report from Public Health Wales’ Research and Evaluation Division, has found people who have identified sufficient support and planned ahead for a potential period of self-isolation, feel less challenged by the prospect and more likely to succeed.
Published today (24 March, 2021), the report combines data from two studies on the experiences of people in Wales who have had to self-isolate due to COVID-19.
The main findings of the report are:
Dr Richard Kyle, Deputy Head of Research and Evaluation, Public Health Wales, said:
“Up until now, evidence on self-isolation in contacts in Wales has been limited, so this insight provides vital information to help inform messaging and support for people in Wales to adhere to self-isolation.
“The high levels of reported confidence and adherence amongst those who responded is welcome news. Our studies found that planning and having support for self-isolation was key so we are encouraging everyone to take time to identify people who can help them to self-isolate and find out what services are available locally to help.”
There were noticeable differences in the reported challenges experienced by different groups. Amongst women and those of younger age (18-29 years) the impact on mental health was of greatest concern. Amongst men and those aged 40-49 years it was the impact on work and business. Whereas amongst older age groups the greatest concern was their underlying health.
Dr Alisha Davies, Head of Research and Evaluation, Public Health Wales said
“These two innovative studies are the first systematic approach to collating in depth insights from contacts of COVID-19 isolating in Wales.
“Understanding factors which enable and challenge contacts of COVID-19 to isolate, and how these experiences differ across groups can help to better inform support and messaging for contacts of COVID-19 in response to the pandemic.”
Dr Giri Shankar, Incident Director at Public Health Wales said “This is an opportunity to remind us all to take steps to be prepared for a period of self-isolation, should that arise. These insights provide valuable considerations for future action and will continue to support our work with colleagues across Health Boards, Test Trace Protect Programmes and Welsh Government in our collective action to tackle COVID-19“