COVID-19 chart series The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has delivered a profound shock to the UK. We'll be exploring five dimensions of impact as they unfold – from the health and care system through to people’s daily lives
Even though the pandemic has many months to go, pressure is increasing to start planning for ‘after COVID’. The virus will have taken an uneven toll on an already unequal society. For services to meet people’s needs in the future, the stronger the evidence base, the better equipped they will be. The series of charts is intended to make a small contribution, and begin to make sense of the landscape left in COVID-19’s wake.
Direct impact of COVID-19
The first dimension is the direct impact of the virus itself, in terms of death and serious illness, including inequalities in who is most affected.
Understanding excess deaths: variation in the impact of COVID-19 between countries, regions and localities
This analysis compares the impact of COVID-19 in different countries, regions and localities through...
As countries emerge from the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, meaningful comparisons have become...
Care homes have been on the front line of the COVID-19 outbreak, but why have some areas of the...
High death rates sustained during the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrate the stark impact of the virus on...
This chart compares changes in excess deaths as a proportion of usual deaths during the COVID-19...
Deaths in care homes from all causes are starting to stabilise but remain 159% higher than at the...
Our weekly tracker showing the latest available data on mortality from all causes in 2020, as part...
Black and minority ethnic workers make up a disproportionately large share of key worker sectors in London
This chart looks at the proportion of workers in each identifiable key sector, and non-key sectors...
Impact on acute care
The second dimension of concern is the indirect impact on people with acute conditions not related to COVID-19. We will be tracking some of the big shifts in care and their impact, including postponed treatments, redeployed staff and drops in A&E usage.
NHS England data show coronavirus has had a seismic impact on how people are using health services
In previous analyses we explored how COVID-19 is changing the use of emergency care on a national...
Elaine Kelly and Zoe Firth look at how activity in the emergency care sector has changed since the...
Changes in the overall number of ambulance incidents have been small but there are large changes in...
Non-acute care including general practice
A third dimension of disruption will affect people with chronic conditions, or people needing less urgent care, which may have been interrupted. Understanding how this has affected access to general practice and other services will be critical.
The lockdown and social distancing
The fourth dimension will be the medium and long-term impact on health and health inequalities of the government interventions to restrict movement to curb the transmission of COVID-19.
We explore how changes in people’s employment and financial circumstances affected their mental...
We explore why black and minority ethnic groups are being hit harder by the COVID-19 pandemic.
People in lower income households are more likely to be in overcrowded accommodation than those in...
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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and the wider governmental and societal response, have brought...
NHS and social care capacity and resilience
The fifth dimension is the longer term impact on service capacity and resilience, including the impact on the workforce.
The NHS faces a workforce shortfall of over 115,000 full-time equivalent staff in England this year,...
Even before the pandemic, staffing was the biggest single challenge for the sector in England. High...
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