Young British are more concerned about Brexit than coronavirus, a new study by University College London (UCL) has revealed.
The figures from a survey of 39,000 respondents, including 1,533 aged 18 to 29, found that 42 per cent of adults at that age were stressed about Brexit, while 32 per cent were concerned about contracting the coronavirus.
The survey showed 22 per cent of young people are afraid of developing an intense situation of coronavirus, compared to 33 per cent of all adults. Meanwhile, 30 per cent of adults said they felt nervous about Brexit while 38 per cent about getting infected with SARS-CoV-2.
The study's lead author, Daisy Fancourt, said the difference could be due to many young people voting to remain in the EU and also because of the assumption that they were less likely to severely affected by Covid19.
"On the flip side of this, older people are less likely to have been affected by the new arrangements since the Brexit transition period ended but are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill from Covid-19, leading to greater stress around catching the disease and reduced worry about Brexit," Fancourt said.
The results were collected from 23 December to 7 February as part of a long-term Covid-19 Social Study conducted by UCL to explore the effects of the virus and social distancing measures on adults in the UK during the pandemic.