COVID-19 reports and publications

The ELSA team have produced reports using the COVID-19 Substudy data from the first wave of data collection, which took place in June-July 2020 and also the second wave of data collection, which took place in November-December 2020. 


The reports cover the economic, health and social domains of ELSA and are available to download along with the methodological report via the links below.


Wave 2 reports (November-December 2020 data collection)



Differences in subjective and objective social isolation and subjective loneliness before and during the COVID-19 pandemic

Multimorbidity, access to services and diagnosis of new health conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic

The effect of the pandemic on expected retirement resources


Wave 1 reports (June-July 2020 data collection) 

Changes in older people’s experiences of providing care and of volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic

The experience of older people with multimorbidity during the COVID-19 pandemic


The experience of older people instructed to shield or self-isolate during the COVID-19 pandemic

Methodology report:
Adapting fieldwork during the COVID-19 outbreak


Financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic forolder people



The ELSA COVID-19 Substudy data are available to download via the UK Data Service

As such, scientific papers have already been published as detailed below. We will update this page with publications that use the ELSA COVID-19 data.


If you have used the data and cannot see your paper listed here, please tell us.

1.  Demakakos P. Importance of population-based longitudinal studies to understanding the impact of COVID-19. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2021. DOI:10.1136/jech-2021-217114

2.  Di Gessa G, Price D. Changes in health and social well-being in the COVID-19 clinically vulnerable older English population during the pandemic. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2021. DOI:10.1136/jech-2021-216405

3.  Rutland-Lawes J, Wallinheimo AS, Evans SL. Risk factors for depression during the COVID-19 pandemic: a longitudinal study in middle-aged and older adults. BJPsych Open. 2021;7(5):e161. DOI:10.1192/bjo.2021.997

4.  Steptoe A, Di Gessa G. Mental health and social interactions of older people with physical disabilities in England during the COVID-19 pandemic: a longitudinal cohort study. Lancet Public Health. 2021. DOI:10.1016/s2468-2667(21)00069-4

5.  Wallinheimo AS, Evans SL. More Frequent Internet Use during the COVID-19 Pandemic Associates with Enhanced Quality of Life and Lower Depression Scores in Middle-Aged and Older Adults. Healthcare (Basel). 2021;9(4). DOI:10.3390/healthcare9040393

6.  Di Gessa G, Maddock J, Green MJ, Thompson EJ, McElroy E, Davies HL, et al. Pre-pandemic mental health and disruptions to healthcare, economic and housing outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic: evidence from 12 UK longitudinal studies. The British Journal of Psychiatry. 2021:1-10. DOI:10.1192/bjp.2021.132

7. Hamilton OS, Cadar D, Steptoe A. Systemic inflammation and emotional responses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Transl Psychiatry. 2021;11(1):626. DOI:10.1038/s41398-021-01753-5 

8. Zaninotto P, Iob E, Demakakos P, Steptoe A. Immediate and Longer-Term Changes in the Mental Health and Well-being of Older Adults in England During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA Psychiatry. 2022;79(2):151-9. DOI:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2021

9. Wallinheimo AS, Evans SL. Patterns of Internet Use, and Associations with Loneliness, amongst Middle-Aged and Older Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Healthcare (Basel). 2022;10(7). DOI:10.3390/healthcare10071179

10. Qin M, Evandrou M, Falkingham J, Vlachantoni A. Did the Socio-Economic Gradient in Depression in Later-Life Deteriorate or Weaken during the COVID-19 Pandemic? New Evidence from England Using Path Analysis. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022;19(11). DOI:10.3390/ijerph19116700

11. Iob E, Steptoe A, Zaninotto P. Mental health, financial, and social outcomes among older adults with probable COVID-19 infection: A longitudinal cohort study. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2022;119(27):e2200816119. DOI:10.1073/pnas.2200816119

12. Gaggero A, Fernández-Pérez Á, Jiménez-Rubio D. Effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on depression in older adults: A panel data analysis. Health Policy. 2022. DOI:10.1016/j.healthpol.2022.07.001


13. Gaggero A. The Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Smoking Behaviour: Evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Nicotine Tob Res. 2022. DOI:10.1093/ntr/ntac097

14. Di Gessa G, Price D. The impact of shielding during the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health: evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Br J Psychiatry. 2022:1-7. DOI:10.1192/bjp.2022.44

15. Curran E, Rosato M, Ferry F, Leavey G. Prevalence and Risk Factors of Psychiatric Symptoms Among Older People in England During the COVID-19 Pandemic: a Latent Class Analysis. Int J Ment Health Addict. 2022:1-13. DOI:10.1007/s11469-022-00820-2

16. Chen S, Jones LA, Jiang S, Jin H, Dong D, Chen X, et al. Difficulty and help with activities of daily living among older adults living alone during the COVID-19 pandemic: a multi-country population-based study. BMC Geriatr. 2022;22(1):181. DOI:10.1186/s12877-022-02799-w