Coronavirus has impacted many areas of our lives and this is also true of The National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles, which is one of the largest and most detailed surveys of it's type in the world. It was due to run another survey in 2020 but was postponed.
Excitingly they didn't let this deter them.
The initial response to COVID-19 involved a rapid contraction of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, with many halted (e.g asymptomatic STI testing) and only people with severest symptoms seen face-to-face. During the first lockdown us Brits were effectively banned from intimate contact with anyone outside their household for a three-month period. The Natsal-COVID study aims to provide high-quality data to assess how these measures impacted sexual and reproductive health.
The study teamed up with Ipsos MORI to run a web-panel survey of 6,500 people aged 18-59 years across Britain, capturing data on sexual behaviour, sexual relationships and service use during the four months following the first national lockdown in March 2020. We look forward to reading the results!
In the meantime, here are some stats from Natsal-4 and if you feel like getting your geek on, you can read more at www.natsal.ac.uk