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COVID-19 Update Bulletin 

The latest in COVID-19 longitudinal news, research, data and resources

6 July 2020

Adapting data collection methods at TwinsUK

TwinsUK is the UK's largest adult twin registry and cohort researching the genetics of ageing and complex diseases. In response to COVID-19, the study team has established a number of studies to understand both the biomedical and sociological impacts of the virus.

In our latest blog, TwinsUK Engagement and Communications Manager, Paz García shares how the study team rapidly adapted their data collection methods in order to gather information effectively from their participants during the UK’s lockdown. Read more

Latest developments

New insights into the immediate impacts of COVID-19

CLOSER's COVID-19 Longitudinal Research Hub allows you to access all the latest longitudinal research and evidence, including briefing notes, reports, academic publications and articles. These cover a range of research topics, including physical and mental health, loneliness, inequalities, and epidemiology, providing key insights into how the pandemic has impacted on individuals, families and communities. Read more

Understanding Society COVID-19 survey data release

Data from the second Wave of Understanding Society's COVID-19 survey is available for researchers to download from the UK Data Service. The second survey ran from late May to early June.

The study team has also published a new briefing note using data from the second Wave of the COVID-19 survey. The note focuses on family relationships. Read more

Lords COVID-19 Committee call for evidence

The new Lords COVID-19 Committee has launched its first inquiry, 'Life Beyond COVID' which seeks to understand what individuals and organisations think that COVID-19 will mean for our daily lives, at work and at home, and for how we function as a society. 

Asking people to look several years into the future, the Committee is keen to hear about both the challenges there are to overcome and the opportunities to do things better, especially in light of the systemic inequalities in society that the pandemic has highlighted. 

The deadline for submissions Monday 31 August 2020. Read more

TwinsUK launch two COVID-19 surveys

TwinsUK have launched COVID-19 Personal Experience (COPE), a questionnaire study that aims to understand the physical and mental health implications of self-isolation due to COVID-19.

The study will also shortly launch a survey to investigate symptoms and after-effects of COVID-19, with a focus on fatigue. This will be repeated after three months to understand how any after-effects or fatigue may persist. This study will run alongside twins logging symptoms regularly through the COVID-19 Symptom Study app. Read more

Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing launch new surveys

The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) has launched a special survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on adults over age 50 in Ireland. Over 6,000 participants will be asked about how their health, social lives, mood, quality of life, psychological state and expectations have been changed by the pandemic.

TILDA will also run a concurrent project collecting biological samples in order to establish who has been infected by the virus, and determine risk factors and consequences of contracting COVID-19.
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survey iconDiscover more COVID-19 longitudinal surveys

Visit the surveys section of our COVID-19 Longitudinal Research Hub for more info.

Latest blogs and opinion

Someone's knocking at the door

By Guy Goodwin, NatCen Social Research for the Social Research Association

When can, and should, interviewers return into the field to conduct face-to-face social surveys and under what conditions? Guy Goodwin addresses some of the key questions for both survey commissioners and research organisations.
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Emerging evidence on COVID-19's impact on mental health and health inequalities

By Louise Marshall, Jo Bibby & Isabel Abbs, The Health Foundation

Louise Marshall, Jo Bibby, Isabel Abbs explore the impact of COVID-19 on mental health, and how some groups are affected more than others.
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