A third of Brits believe that office workers pose higher risk of spreading coronavirus than children back in school, reveals poll

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3rd September 2020 07:54 - Public Consultation

A third of Brits believe that office workers pose higher risk of spreading coronavirus than children back in school: A survey asking Britons which runs the greatest risk of spreading Covid-19: children returning to school, or people going back to work in the office, found that a third of respondents believe the latter poses a greater risk (32%), compared to 15% who said that children returning to classrooms is more of a concern. However, two-fifths said the risk is the same for both groups (40%). 

The largest demographic group believing that children returning to schools poses a higher risk than those returning to the office was 18 - 24 year-olds, with more than a third (35%) believing this will be the case, compared  to 16% who think that workplaces opening up will be the greater issue. Just under a third in this age range (31%) believe the risk is roughly the same, according to the poll. 

Amongst the over 65s polled, the reverse was true, with 37% believing workers gathering in offices pose the greatest risk, compared to 6% who think the reopening of schools will result in more Covid-19 cases. More than two-fifths (42%), however, said they think the risk is roughly the same. 

In another YouGov survey of parents in England and Wales, one in six 'seriously' considered not sending their child back to school due to coronavirus fears, with 6% saying they 'very seriously' considered it. 

More than half (53%) said they 'not at all seriously' considered keeping their child out of school, while one in six (17%) said they 'not very seriously' considered it as an option. Around one in 20 (6%) answered  'don't know'. 



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