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Fifth of the British say they are not so close with their friends or loved ones after closing

According to an investigation, the British blockade has ruined people’s relationships with friends and loved ones.

A fifth of the 70,000 respondents admitted they were far from friends outside their own home, and 18 percent said the same had happened in their relationship with their partner, according to the study.

University College London academics say the draconian restrictions on socializing have driven a wedge between people.

However, there is also evidence that the British have united during the crisis and are helping others more often, they said.

According to a survey of 70,000 people, Lockdown has ruined relationships with friends and loved ones. Under 30 they seem to have been hit harder (stock image)

According to a survey of 70,000 people, Lockdown has ruined relationships with friends and loved ones. Under 30 they seem to have been hit harder (stock image)

The results come from an ongoing study that started in March and was funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

It started a week before the closure and has continued in recent months, measuring how the British have survived the unprecedented measures.

A quarter of people said they had a worse relationship with colleagues.

Because Prime Minister Boris Johnson advised the British to work from home as much as possible and lost millions, contact with colleagues expired.

Tensions were also high at home – a fifth of those surveyed reported a deterioration in relationships with other adults with whom they lived.

Some adults said the relationship with their children had fallen out – 17 percent of those living with their children and 19 percent living separately.

WOMEN HARDEST HIT BY LOCKDOWN, STUDY SUGGESTS

Women are nearly twice as likely as men to lose their jobs or experience anxiety during a lockdown, according to a study that reveals how Covid-19 caused widespread gender inequality.

In a survey of 1,500 people, researchers at the University of Exeter found that lockdown had highlighted gender inequalities in mental health, employment, and wellbeing, with the most negative impact on women.

The study found that about one in four women had had an anxiety attack in the past two weeks, compared to about one in seven men.

Women also felt more depressed or hopeless and scored 6 percent higher on a unitary indicator.

The employment prospects for women were also bleak.

Women were discharged 96 percent more often than men because of the coronavirus pandemic. 8 percent of women reported job loss during lockdown, compared to 4 percent of men.

Women were more likely to reduce their working hours during closure, while at the same time taking on more responsibilities in childcare, homeschooling and housework than men.

Women were more likely to reduce their working hours during closure, while at the same time taking on more responsibilities in childcare, homeschooling and housework than men.

The authors, Professor Sonia Oreffice and Professor Climent Quintana-Domeque, said their research paints a “dramatic picture” of gender inequality under the Covid-19 lockdown.

“We believe that the gender dimension of Covid-19 should be on policy makers’ radar and call for more Covid-19 gender-related research and policy analysis,” said Professor Oreffice.

The study did not delve deeper into why people felt that their relationships had deteriorated.

Relationships could be affected by the effect of spending more or less time with certain people.

Respondents were asked if they had experienced “a breakdown” in their relationship with family, friends, colleagues or neighbors since the lockdown came in, and 12 percent of respondents said yes.

Younger adults (under the age of 30) were more likely to report that their relationships had suffered during lockdown, and the over-60s least.

Problems were more common in people with mental illness or living alone, but also in key people and poorer people.

The team behind the study warned that the problems for these people could be compounded by greater financial woes.

Less than half of people reported that they were now in a comparable financial position to before closing.

About 29 percent admitted their financial situation had deteriorated and 27 percent claimed to have seen an improvement.

Cheryl Lloyd of the Nuffield Foundation said, “This research shows that relationships with neighbors have improved since the Covid-19 crisis, especially for 30-59 year olds.

“While this points to a resurgence of community spirit, it is worrying that the study also shows that people who are more vulnerable – those with lower family incomes and those diagnosed with mental health problems – report deteriorated friendships and relationships during Lockdown.”

The Covid-19 Social Study is the largest study of how adults feel about closure, government counseling, and general well-being and mental health.

Similar work by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has pointed to changes in people’s mental health during lockdown.

A survey of more than 5,500 people suggested that 14.3 percent of the population – or 7.4 million people – have experienced loneliness in the past seven days.

This group of people, also known as the ‘lockdown lonely’, is usually young, single or divorced and has a lease.

However, the British seem to pay more attention to each other during the lockdown.

A US survey last week revealed the number of Britons helping someone outside their home by cooking meals or quadrupling their groceries in April – the first full month of closing.

This is up from 11 percent of adults who reported providing regular service or assistance to a sick, disabled, or elderly person who did not live with them in 2017-2018.

And in the latest UCL study, more than a third of adults living with children said they could deal better with people around them, including neighbors.

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