Survey of young people in one region of the UK on accessing COVID-19 information (SOCIAL).

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COVID-19 has significantly impacted young people’s lives yet little is known about the COVID-19 related sources of information they access. We performed a cross-sectional survey of pupils (11-16 years) in North Staffordshire, UK. 408 (23%) pupils responded to an online survey emailed to them by their school. Descriptive statistics were used to summarise the data. Social media, accessed by 68%, played a significant role in the provision of information, despite it not being considered trustworthy. 89% felt that COVID-19 had negatively affected their education. Gaps in the provision of information on COVID-19 have been identified.

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Authors: Oliver G P Lawton, Sarah A Lawton, Lisa Dikomitis, Joanne Protheroe, Joanne Smith, Christian D Mallen