A one-day population-wide survey is under way today to get a snapshot of how people are coping with life under Covid-19.
The Corona Citizens' Science Project is seeking to understand how the pandemic has affected people's home life, working life, childcare arrangements and physical and emotional wellbeing.
The findings, expected tomorrow, will be used to inform the Government response to the pandemic and to assist in planning future measures.
Researchers at Dublin City University, NUI Galway and the Insight Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Centre for Data Analytics have come together to work on the anonymous online survey, running from 6am to midnight at nuigalway.ie/corona-study.
It is based on a similar initiative in Belgium. Follow-up rounds are anticipated; in Belgium they have had three rounds to date.
The research is being led by Dr Akke Vellinga, epidemiologist and senior lecturer at NUI Galway, and Professor Anthony Staines, professor of health systems at DCU, who said it was a unique opportunity for people to shape the Government's response to the unprecedented crisis and start the long journey back to a more normal life as the pandemic recedes.
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