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ONS Releases new Coronavirus Disability Data

ONS Releases new Coronavirus Disability Data

The Office for National Statistics ( ONS ) has released its third set of data showing the impacts of Coronavirus on disabled people during July.

In June we reported on the ONS findings that showed disabled people were more likely to report that the pandemic and its effects are negatively impacting their mental health compared to non-disabled people and are also more likely to report they feel lonely.

Analysis of the latest set of data has revealed that:

  • Three-quarters of disabled people (75%) reported they were “very worried” or “somewhat worried” about the effect that the Coronavirus was having on their life
  • One-quarter (25%) of disabled people who were receiving medical care before the coronavirus pandemic indicated they were currently receiving treatment for only some of their conditions
  • 45% of disabled people reported high anxiety (a score of 6 out of 10 or higher)

The ONS’ David Ainslie said: “Disabled adults’ experience was different from that of the wider population. Their concerns about well-being and accessing healthcare were higher than among non-disabled people. We saw differences too, in behaviours. Disabled people were more likely to go out to attend medical appointments or take care of others than non-disabled people, and less likely to be socialising and eating out.”

Read the full report and analysis here: Coronavirus and the social impact on disabled people in Great Britain – July 2020

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