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The COPE study is one of the largest and most in-depth social science studies of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK. The study focuses on our thoughts, feelings and actions during the pandemic.

We carried out our first online survey between March 12th and April 12th 2020, just as the pandemic was reaching its first peak in the UK. 11,113 people took part in our first survey. 

7,043 of our survey respondents completed a second survey in June and July 2020.

We will be inviting people who have taken part in our previous surveys to complete a questionnaire later this month, exactly a year on from our first survey.

We have also been carrying out in-depth interviews with 28 people from across the UK to find out about what life has been like for them during the first year of the pandemic.

Our study is important in informing government and health services response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as forming a valuable historic record of life in the UK during the pandemic.


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The COVID-19 UK Public Experiences (COPE) Study: March 2021 Update

8 March 2021

The COPE study is amongst the largest COVID-19 social science studies in the UK. We are looking at people’s thoughts, feelings, and actions during the pandemic. This will help us to understand the impact that the pandemic is having on people’s lives in detail, and how people have been managing during lockdown periods.

  • 11,113 people took part in our first survey during March and April 2020
  • 7,048 of these people took part in our second survey during June and July 2020
  • 8,727 people who took part in COPE came to us via HealthWise Wales, and 4,683 of these respondents have consented to have their COPE survey data anonymously linked with their HealthWise Wales and routine healthcare data
  • On the 12th of March 2021, we will be launching our third survey, exactly 12 months on from our first survey.
  • 28 people have been taking part in in-depth interviews about their experiences over the course of the year. We are looking forward to talking to them again this month.

Read the full update here.

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