Imperial College London

Jeff Eaton

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Senior Lecturer in HIV Epidemiology







Norfolk PlaceSt Mary's Campus






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author = {Atchison, C and Bowman, L and Eaton, J and Imai, N and Redd, R and Pristera, P and Vrinten, C and Ward, H},
title = {Report 10: Public response to UK Government recommendations on COVID-19: population survey, 17-18 March 2020},
url = {},
year = {2020}

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AB - On Monday 16th March 2020 the UK government announced new actions to control COVID-19. These recommendations directly affected the entire UK population, and included the following: stop non-essential contact with others; stop all unnecessary travel; start working from home where possible; avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues; and to isolate at home for 14 days if anyone in the household has a high temperature or a new and continuous cough. To capture public sentiment towards these recommendations, a YouGov survey was commissioned by the Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC), Imperial College London. The survey was completed by 2,108 UK adults between the dates of 17th – 18th March 2020. The survey results show the following:•77% reported being worried about the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK.•48% of adults who have not tested positive for COVID-19 believe it is likely they will be infected at some point in the future.•93% of adults reported personally taking at least one measure to protect themselves from COVID-19 infection, including:o83% washed their hands more frequently;o52% avoided crowded areas;o50% avoided social events;o36% avoided public transport;o31% avoided going out;o11% avoided going to work;o28% avoided travel to areas outside the UK.•There is high reported ability and willingness to self-isolate for 7 days if advised to do so by a health professional (88%).•However only 44% reported being able to work from home. This was higher among managerial and professional workers (60%) than manual, semi-skilled, and casual workers (19%)^, reflecting less flexible job roles for manual and lower grade workers. •71% reported changing behaviour in response to government guidance. The figure (53%) was lower for young adults (18-24 year-olds).•Hand washing (63%), avoiding persons with symptoms (61%), and covering your sneeze (53%) were more likely to be perceived as ‘very effective&rs
AU - Atchison,C
AU - Bowman,L
AU - Eaton,J
AU - Imai,N
AU - Redd,R
AU - Pristera,P
AU - Vrinten,C
AU - Ward,H
PY - 2020///
TI - Report 10: Public response to UK Government recommendations on COVID-19: population survey, 17-18 March 2020
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