This publication presents the findings of the Public Health Scotland COVID-19 Shielding Programme (Scotland) Impact and Experience Survey. This online survey, which ran between 1 and 14 June 2020, was open to individuals who had received a letter from Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer advising them to follow shielding guidance. The publication covers the following topics: shielding behaviour, negative impacts of shielding, shielding support and unmet needs. The study found that most people complied, but that the shielding experience has been difficult, in particular for people from so-called “vulnerable” groups. While over seven in ten respondents felt like they were coping well with shielding, fewer than five in ten among financially vulnerable people felt the same.
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