Weather, mental health and mobility during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic

Ashley Burdett, Apostolos Davillas, Ben Etheridge

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Abstract

During the first United Kingdom wave of the COVID-19 outbreak, the first lockdown was announced on March 23, 2020, with a final easing of the restrictions on July 4, 2020. Among the most important public health costs of lockdown restrictions are the potential adverse effects on mental health and physical activity. Using data from the UK Household Longitudinal Study and Google COVID-19 Mobility Reports we find evidence of reduced park mobility during the initial period of the first UK lockdown and confirm existing evidence of worsening mental health. Linkage with weather data shows that contrary to popular belief, daily or weekly weather conditions do not exacerbate the mental health consequences of the pandemic, as we found no systematic associations during the first lockdown period; on the other hand, we find systematic links between park mobility and weather over the same period.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2296-2306
Number of pages11
JournalHealth Economics
Volume30
Issue number9
Early online date11 Jun 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • mental health
  • mobility
  • weather conditions

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