These are the people who are most worried about coronavirus

Rebecca Speare-Cole
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EASINGTON COLLIERY- SEPTEMBER 18: Silent streets on September 18, 2020 in Easington Colliery, United Kingdom. Since easing its first nationwide lockdown in May, England has imposed localised lockdown rules on towns across the Midlands and North, in what the prime minister termed a
Many households in the UK have reported feeling anxious during the pandemic. (Getty Images)

The coronavirus pandemic has caused trauma, stress and anxiety to Britons across the county over the last year. 

Since the first wave hit in March 2020, the UK has reported 4.4 million cases and more than 127,000 deaths.

Meanwhile, countless numbers of people have lost their jobs and the NHS backlog of non-coronavirus medical treatments has skyrocketed. 

But two types of households have reported feeling worried or really worried about the effect coronavirus is having on their lives more frequently than others, according a new report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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Throughout the pandemic, adults belonging to households with children reported being worried more often than the national average. 

The same applied for adults in two-person households where one person was aged 65 or over.

EASINGTON COLLIERY- SEPTEMBER 18: A row of houses on a quiet street on September 18, 2020 in Easington Colliery, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Households with children have continued to report a high proportion of worry throughout the year, the ONS said. (Getty Images)

For instance, in spring 2020, 79% of adults in two-person households where one person was aged over 65 reported being worried compared to the national average of 76%.

This was likely because older people are among the group who are at higher risk of serious illness or death from the virus.

During the same period, almost eight in 10 (79%) of adults in households with children also reported being worried about the effect of the pandemic.  

Households with children have continued to report a high proportion of worry throughout the year with 71% in summer 2020 and 74% in early 2021. 

Parents have likely been feeling new levels of strain over that last year as they try to work from home and look after children who are cooped up all day. 

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Parents have also been faced with homeschooling their children while schools were closed.

A YouGov poll from last June showed that two-thirds of parents who are homeschooling children were struggling to maintain discipline and motivation. 

The ONS report also found that the proportion of people who think life will return to the pre-pandemic normal has decreased since spring 2020. 

In this instance, older households were least optimistic about a return to normal life from the beginning of the pandemic. 

Meanwhile, the largest decreases were seen for households of single adults aged 16 years to 64 years which fell by 29 percentage points from around 70% to a little over 40%.

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Other changes reported by the ONS included almost half of working adults from two-person households, single adult households under 65 years, and households with children reported working from home during the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the pandemic saw households reporting that they have been able to save. 

Adults in two-person households under 65 years consistently reported being able to save money in the next 12 months, above the national average in all periods. 

Meanwhile, households with children were least likely to report being able to save.

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