The coronavirus pandemic has been frequently described as the greatest public health crisis in 100 years. Its impact has gone far beyond the immediate risk of being infected, it has affected the way every one of us leads our lives, changing the way we work, shop and socialise. The immediate disruption it has caused will continue for some time, even with the vaccines now available, but beyond this the societal impacts will endure for many years to come.
The evidence base on the impacts of the virus is developing all the time, but what is already clear is that COVID-19 disproportionately affects the vulnerable, the elderly, and the disadvantaged in society. This occurs both through direct impacts on health, and indirect, wider impacts on the economy, job security, educational attainment, and access to healthcare and housing, amongst other factors.
There are several aspects to this work in Herefordshire, and we are working with partners to co-ordinate and prioritise our efforts in:
- Monitoring the epidemiology of the disease in terms of the numbers and characteristics of cases and deaths.
- Supporting the response for the people who are clinically most at risk of developing serious illness.
- Understanding the wider economic and social impacts of measures to contain the spread of the virus.
A summary of the impact of the pandemic on Herefordshire's economy (updated monthly) is now available to download from the 'Economic impact of coronavirus' page.
I addition, more information on the wider impacts of COVID-19 in Herefordshire can be found in the latest Herefordshire Director of Public Health's report available via the 'useful links' box.
There are also many useful websites which visualise the global impact of coronavirus but we have decided not to attempt to link to them all here, since this page is primarily about data for Herefordshire.
New data and research is emerging all the time, so as well as publishing our own analysis as it becomes available, this page is also a place to share links to useful resources where you can find the information for yourself. If you find something that you think we’ve missed, please get in touch.
- Alcohol, smoking and drugs
- Digital exclusion
- Domestic violence and abuse
- Employment and economic activity
- End of life care
- Fuel poverty
- Health deprivation
- Healthy weight and healthy eating
- Housing tenure
- Loneliness and involuntary social isolation
- Mental health
- People who are homeless
- People who need adult social care
- What people die of
- Physical activity
- Birmingham University West Midlands Weekly Economic Impact Monitor
- British Red Cross - COVID-19 vulnerability index
- Gov.uk - coronavirus guidance
- Gov.uk - coronavirus in the UK dashboard
- Gov.uk - coronavirus statistics and analysis
- Herefordshire Council - coronavirus advice
- Herefordshire Council - coronavirus cases
- Herefordshire Director of Public Health's Report 2020
- John Hopkins University - coronavirus resource center
- LGInform case tracker
- Office for National Statistics - Coronavirus
- ONS Coronavirus latest insights
- Public Health England
- Public Health England - weekly surveillance reports
- University of Stirling COVID-19 resources for research
- World Health Organization - coronavirus dashboard