Coronavirus

Understanding COVID-19 Variants – What Can The Coronavirus Infection Survey Tell Us?

The ONS is reporting signs of a recent increase in COVID-19 infection rates in much of the UK. There are also indications of the first cases of the newer B.1.617.2 variant. The ONS survey repeatedly tests a large, randomised sample of the entire community population. In this post Sarah Crofts explains what it can tell us about the spread of COVID-19 variants.

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Are we facing a mental health pandemic?

Over the past year, much has been written on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of children and adults. The Office for National Statistics has been working to monitor the effect of the last year’s events on people’s personal well-being and mental health. Two new pieces of analysis have been published today, providing early insights into self-reported depression in adults during the early 2021 lockdown, and experimental analysis of the number of depression diagnoses by GPs during the early stages of the pandemic in 2020. Here the authors Tim Vizard and Theo Joloza give the latest picture of what we know about depression and adults during the pandemic so far.

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What the ONS can tell you about the COVID-19 Vaccine programme

ONS is at the heart of the effort to ensure high quality data on the topic of COVID-19 vaccines. Our analysis is helping everyone to understand the take up and impact of the UK’s vaccine roll out. Here Esther Sutherland and Jonathan Laszlo guide you through everything you need to know about ONS’s vaccine analysis. 

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