13 June 2024

Coronavirus: More than a third of Brits Would Lie to Their Doctor About Symptoms

| The European |

As the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to rise and shoppers around the world begin to panic buy, the results of a new UK survey highlight the increased difficulties healthcare professionals face in the fight to stop new cases.

In the context of Coronavirus, a nationally representative sample of 2,000 participants were asked whether they would lie about their symptoms. 

The results found that across the UK, over a third (33.8%) of possible Coronavirus patients would lie to their doctor or healthcare professional regarding the state of their heath.  

Extrapolation based on the survey demographics (16-55+) reveals that 18.25 million Brits would have no problem lying to their doctor about COVID-19. 

In terms of regions, Northern Ireland was the most comfortable at the thought of lying to their doctor (58.3% would lie), whereas Scotland was the honest (just 24.56% would lie). 

With regards to ages, there were minor differences from Generation Z through to Generation X, however, the biggest difference was in the attitude amongst Boomers (55+), who were the least likely to lie to their doctor. 

Across all ages, Men were more likely to lie to their doctor than Women (34.3% vs 33.0%). 


The table below breaks down the demographics in full: 

Demographic  Would lie to their Doctor (%) 
16-24  35.87% 
25-34  34.29% 
35-44  36.88% 
45 -54  31.25% 
55+  28.57% 
UK Average  33.77% 


NHS Guidelines for Coronavirus are to: 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. 
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards 
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell   

If you suspect you have Coronavirus, call 111 

You can view additional survey results on the National Lying Survey Website


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