COVID-19 Longitudinal Health and Wellbeing National Core Study


Society and Health

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme partly mitigated the indirect consequences of the pandemic on population health. 

During the early stages of the pandemic findings from 8 Longitudinal Population Studies show no clear evidence of furlough having adverse impacts on physical health or behaviours (smoking, vaping, drinking). Those furloughed had increased risk for poor mental and social wellbeing. However, their excess risk was lower in magnitude than those who became or remained unemployed, suggesting that furlough partly mitigated poorer outcomes.