Almost half UK parents believe that the current coronavirus restrictions do not go far enough, reveals poll

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1st April 2020 21:45 - Central Government

Almost half UK parents believe that the current coronavirus restrictions do not go far enough: A poll of parents and parents-to-be has found that 48% believe that the latest measures by the government to reduce the spread of COVID-19 are not strong enough. 

The research by online parenting community, BabyDoc Club UK, polled 961 parents and parents-to-be and found that just 17% of respondents feel confident that the government can effectively manage the pandemic. 

When it comes to the concerns parents have because of the virus, money worries were revealed to be greater than the fear of a loved one contracting the virus. More than three-quarters said they are worried about the effect on the economy (78%) compared to 70% who are worried about a family member being infected.

As the nation gets used to staying at home, the survey revealed that taking measures to protect mental health is a top concern for respondents (55%), with nine out of ten pregnant women saying they are experiencing high levels of emotional distress due to COVID-19 fears and how it might impact their pregnancy and birth of their baby. Just over a third (35%) said they still feel confused about the impact coronavirus might have on the family, with two thirds of these saying they are extremely worried about going into labour during the outbreak. 

Other concerns revealed by the survey around working from home included keeping the kids suitably entertained (50%), and trying not to be over indulgent with food (36%). 

When asked about what they are doing to stay positive throughout the crisis, 40% said they plan to make the most of time at home with the family, while 30% said they will keep upbeat by video messaging family members and friends.

Almost nine out of ten parents polled said they are adhering to the social distancing guidelines 'rigidly'.

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