ELSA Covid-19 study

The ELSA Covid-19 study aims to investigate the effects of the Covid-19 crisis on the older population in England.

We have been awarded funding from the Economic and Social Research Council via the UK Research and Innovation Covid-19 Rapid Response call, to collect data from more than 10,000 of our ELSA participants, all aged 50 years and over, asking them about their experiences of the Covid-19 crisis.

We will collect data in two phases, with the first beginning in May 2020 and the second in September 2020 to look at changes in participants’ experiences as the Covid-19 crisis evolves.

Data from the ELSA Covid-19 study will be made available as soon as possible via the UK Data Service, alongside the main ELSA dataset.

Detailed information on the ELSA Covid-19 study is contained in the sections below.



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