The Corona Insights team wanted to know how Coloradans were holding up during shelter in place, so we conducted a survey! We asked residents about a broad range of topics, including their overall wellbeing, challenges, concerns, community response, and others.
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As a part of our blog series recapping results from our COVID-19 Experience Survey, we wanted to dig deeper into our data and understand why some Coloradans said their quality of life had dropped significantly during shelter in place while others reported about the same wellbeing as before all of this started.
Wellbeing in Crisis
In order to assess changes in quality of life, we asked respondents a couple of questions. First, “On a scale of 0 (not good at all) to 10 (great), how would you rate your quality of life right now?” Next, we posed a similar question to understand how respondents would rate their quality of life “before the start of the COVID-19 situation.” Ideally, we would have been surveying these respondents over a few months, asking the original question at various time periods to develop “pre” and “post” scores to analyze. Many of our evaluation projects employ this strategy; the present circumstances, obviously, did not allow for us to go this route. However, by asking Coloradans to think back to their quality of life before the start of the pandemic, we can create a reasonable measurement of change by subtracting their “pre” scores from their post (or “during”) COVID quality of life score.
As reported in Part 1 of this series, Coloradans said that their quality of life dropped by a score of 1.4, or by about 18%, on average. However, this average only tells part of the story. While around a third of the state reported a one or two-point drop, more than a quarter of residents said their quality of life had decreased more substantially since the beginning of the pandemic. While a small percentage of the state (7%) actually said their life had gotten better during shelter in place, almost a third reported no change.
What explains this wide range of outcomes? Unsurprisingly, our analysis suggests those hit hardest economically reported the largest decreases in quality of life. Additionally, Coloradans who were socially isolated during shelter in place fared worse than those living with, and consistently interacting with, others. In the next section, we detail our key findings related to quality of life changes. If you are interested in how we estimated these results, or how to interpret regression analysis you can continue reading into our “How to Analyze the Data” section. Continue reading