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This study ran from 27 May 2020 to 13 December 2020.

We at NARI would like to thank all participants of the COVID-19 social study for their weekly contributions to the health and wellbeing surveys. Your responses have been extremely valuable for helping our researchers understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Australians.

We would like to apologise to anyone who wished to take part but did not have the chance and to thank you for your interest in contributing to this important piece of work.

What did the study involve?

We asked people living in Australia how the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has been affecting them, including how people experienced restrictions (such as isolation and physical/social distancing). We wanted to understand more about the effects of COVID-19 on things such as well-being, mental health, physical health, and use of services.

Participants filled out an initial survey followed by shorter weekly surveys over the course of the study.

Why did we conduct this research?

We don’t know how COVID-19 will affect people's wellbeing, including mental health and social functioning over time. We also wanted to find out if some people are more affected than others and why. By asking people about their experiences over time we can start to understand the long term implications.

This study is also being run in the UK and USA, so we can get a picture of what is happening internationally.

For further information about the study contact Anita Goh: [email protected]