Generation Scotland

What is CovidLife?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) control measures can greatly impact health and wellbeing. We're designing surveys to understand their effects. Find out more about our surveys here.

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is on everyone’s minds. The UK Government messages can be challenging. The rules are changing over time until the pandemic is in check.  Every person and each household will experience the effects differently. Some will cope well, others won't. For this reason, we felt it was important to understand the full impact of the pandemic. 

After COVID-19 has passed, some will be able to get back on their feet quickly but others might not. We want to know how people are feeling and coping. This allows us to think about what to plan for and how to prepare for the future. 


We invited people, over the age of 18, to take part in the CovidLife survey. They were asked questions about the impact the pandemic had on their life. The survey included questions on education, mental health, wellbeing and more. You can see a summary of the main findings here:

Initial results of CovidLife survey released

We then released a second survey for volunteers to answer. We'd like to see if there have been any changes in opinion over time. The first and second CovidLife surveys are closed. We hope to publish the results of the second survey soon.


Similarly, we invited young people to take part in TeenCovidLife . We invited young people aged 12-17, living in Scotland, to take part. We wanted to know how the pandemic had affected their school and home life. You can find our first set of results here:

TeenCovidLife: The results are in

We also released a second survey to see if there were any changes over time and the results can be found in the link below:

TeenCovidLife: Survey 2 Results

Both surveys are now closed.


We were also excited to launch our final survey of 2020, RuralCovidLife. It was created to understand how COVID-19 measures affected the health and wellbeing of people living in rural Scottish communities. The questions were tailored and designed by people from rural communities. We did this to make sure we asked about topics relevant to our volunteers. Our results have been published here:

Rural voices heard as first RuralCovidLife results published

This survey is now closed

COVID-19 Support

If you need any support during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may find the collection of support links below helpful to you:

Useful COVID-19 support links