As infection rates increased throughout December and early January, we saw impacts across a range of sectors as more people were isolating following a positive COVID test result. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) needed to assess the scale of self-isolation rapidly, and understand which sectors were most hit by worker absences. Tess Carter explains how data we published today help to provide those insights, and how they compare with our other data sources.Read more on Self-isolation and worker absences
High quality housing, planning and homelessness statistics are key areas of focus for governments across the four nations of the UK and their citizens. There is a need for a greater understanding of housing affordability, levels of homelessness and housing stock. Debra Prestwood explains the continuing collaboration the ONS is leading across the Government Statistical Service (GSS) to improve statistics in these areas.Read more on Working to improve housing, planning and homelessness statistics across the UK
Throughout the pandemic the Office for National Statistics has been providing timely data and analysis of the deaths caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19). During 2021 an important part of this work is measurement of mortality by vaccination status. In this post Charlotte Bermingham explains why we use internationally-recognised methods to ensure comparability across all our releases and how the analysis so far should be interpreted.Read more on Coronavirus Deaths: Understanding ONS data on mortality and vaccination status
Despite more than 200 million people becoming infected worldwide, SARS-CoV-2 reinfections are uncommon. Esther Sutherland explores why looking at reinfections…Read more on What can the ONS tell you about COVID-19 reinfections?
As well as providing estimates on infection levels and antibodies, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey (CIS) collects information from participants on their vaccination status, providing some insight into vaccine effectiveness on variants, including Delta.
Our monthly visits to the same participants over an extended period allow us to see who becomes infected over time. Sarah Crofts explains more about our work on vaccine effectiveness:Read more on Vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19 – What can the COVID-19 Infection Survey tell us?