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Coronavirus Australia: How we’re coping with the pandemic

As Australia battens down for long periods of uncertainty, 90 per cent of us say we’ve been affected personally by COVID-19.

While the most common feeling is anxiousness, more than a quarter of Australians are feeling hopeful.

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Almost 50 per cent of us think things won’t be back to normal for at least seven months.

Supermarket showdown

The biggest impacts for Australians, above having events cancelled or domestic and overseas travel interrupted, has been not being able to buy items that they need at the shops.

“Seven in ten Australians have been unable to buy what they want at the supermarket,” demographer and strategist Mark McCrindle told Weekend Sunrise.

A file photo of empty shelves at a Sydney supermarket
Supermarkets have been restricting toilet paper purchases after panic buying left shelves bare. Credit: AAP

The numbers tell an alarming story about panic buying.

“Just a small proportion – six per cent of Australians – who did that stockpiling and left us with the empty shelves, that actually created a bit of panic buying in another 30 per cent of Australians, who bought a bit more than they normally would,” McCrindle said.

94 per cent of respondents agreed with buying restrictions being put in place.

Elderly at ease

Despite being among the most vulnerable for COVID-19, research shows baby boomers felt the most confident about the future.mely or very uncertain about their future. For baby boomers, the number is half that.

Just over half of Generation Z (those in their 20’s) say they are feeling extremely or very uncertain about their future. For baby boomers, the number is half that.

“The baby boomers are well set up in this time, even though they might, in some ways, be more vulnerable to the COVID issue.”

Isolation sensation

Despite close to half of Australians doing less physical activity and expecting to be bored, 32 per cent of us say we’re getting into activities that we otherwise wouldn’t have.

Not everyone is relishing the idea of staying at home and social distancing. File image.
Not everyone is relishing the idea of staying at home and social distancing. File image. Credit: stock_colors/Getty Images

“Reading is on the rise, baking at home is up, people pursuing creative pursuits…and some online learning – people just using this time to grow their knowledge and skills,” McCrindle said.

Working from home

While many people have been forced into working from home quite suddenly, 78 per cent expect it to become the new normal.

Nearly 70 per cent of people also said they are as productive or more productive working from home than at work.

“More than half of Australians said that they do feel the challenge of juggling the home front with kids working from home and other household members working from home.”

Government response

Prime Minister Scott Morrison appears to be rebounding from the bushfire debacle, with 77 per cent of Australians saying the government has responded well to the pandemic.

“For everyone who says they’re doing worse than other countries, twice as many are saying the government is doing better than we’re seeing in other countries,” McCrindle said.

File image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
File image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Credit: MICK TSIKAS/AAPIMAGE

We’re also heading to the right places to find information.

“The most trusted sites that we’re going to for information are those government sites and apps.”

Aussie values

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Australians are seeing their neighbours, communities and the nation as a whole display the Aussie spirit we’re known for.

We’re also heading to the right places to find information.

“The most trusted sites that we’re going to for information are those government sites and apps.”

Aussie values

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Australians are seeing their neighbours, communities and the nation as a whole display the Aussie spirit we’re known for.

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