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Results of latest public engagement survey from Public Health Wales

The results of the latest ‘How Are We Doing in Wales’ public engagement survey have been released by Public Health Wales.

The key findings are:

  • 62% of people said they strongly supported a national Welsh lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus (25% somewhat supported, 13% did not support)
  • 21% of people said they were very worried they could get coronavirus (33% moderately worried, 29% a little worried, 17% not at all worried)
  • 22% of people said they had been in close contact with more than 10 people from outside their household (or permitted extended household) in the last 7 days
  • 70% of people wear a face covering ‘most of the time’ when they go out (24% some of the time, 6% never/not applicable). 67% use re-usable cloth face coverings and 51% use disposable face masks*. (*Participants could report using both types of face covering)
  • 51% of people that use re-usable cloth face coverings wash them after every day of use. 32% wash after 2-4 days of use; 10% 5-10 days of use; 2% more than 10 days and 5% have never washed them.
  • 67% of people that use disposable face masks dispose of them after every use, whereas 33% do not
  • 40% of people are concerned ‘a lot’ and 33% ‘a little’ about their ability to keep in touch with family and friends over the coming months, as we head into winter
  • 50% of people rated their current happiness as high (ratings of 7-10 on a scale of 0-10). This is the lowest proportion since the survey began
  • 19% of people said that they had ‘often’ or ‘always’ felt isolated in the last 7 days, and 13% that they had ‘often’ or ‘always’ felt lonely

The latest Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) public engagement survey report from Public Health Wales covers the period of 2 - 8 November, when 602 people were surveyed.

Every two weeks, Public Health Wales conducts interviews with hundreds of people aged 18 or over across Wales, to understand how Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the measures being used to prevent its spread are affecting the physical, mental and social wellbeing of people in Wales.

The survey is part of a raft of measures implemented by Public Health Wales to support public health and wellbeing through Coronavirus.

The full report is available to download here.