One in five students in UK have had COVID-19 during the pandemic

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The FINANCIAL — Just over one in five students (21%) have had COVID-19 at some point during the coronavirus pandemic, which was confirmed with a positive test.

This is according to the latest findings from the Student COVID-19 Insights Survey (SCIS) in England, covering the period from 5 to 15 November 2021.

The majority (89%) of students said they had already had at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, similar to late October (91%).

Almost half (49%) of students reported taking a COVID-19 test in the last seven days, while 9 in 10 students (90%) said they would request a test if they developed COVID-19 symptoms.

Meanwhile, the proportion of students feeling lonely often or always is 17%, significantly higher than 16- to 29-year-olds (9%) and the adult population in Great Britain (7%).

3 in 10 (30%) students reported that their mental health and wellbeing had worsened since the start of the Autumn 2021 term, similar to late October (32%).

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