This is when Sheffield Star readers think life will return to normal after the pandemic

Star readers have had their say on when they think a sense of normality will return - and what the outcomes of the pandemic might be.

Friday, 15th May 2020, 4:00 pm

Our lockdown survey, published on The Star’s website as well as 150 others across the UK last week, asked readers 25 questions about how the coronavirus crisis has shaped the lives, opinions and habits of people in Sheffield - and what they’d like to see happen in the coming weeks and months.

One of the questions in the survey focused on what comes next - asking readers when they think everyday life will return to some kind of normality.

Today we can reveal how readers in Sheffield answered.

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This is when Sheffield Star readers think life will return to normal after the pandemic

The majority of our readers - 38.64 per cent - said they thought it would take one to two years for everyday life to return to normal, with readers who thought this would take more than six years in the minority - 0.73 per cent. The survey found that 34.36 per cent of readers were more hopeful of life returning to normal after six to 12 months.

On a national level, 39.4 per cent of respondents said they thought it would take one to two years for everyday life to return to normality, while 34.2 per cent were more optimistic, saying it would take six to 12 months for this to happen.

Just 8.4 per cent think this will happen in three to five months, and only a tiny percentage of respondents - 5.9 per cent - think it’ll take between three to five years, while 8.54 per cent said that they think things will not return to normal.

When asked what they thought the likely outcomes of the coronavirus outbreak would be, the majority of readers in Sheffield said they thought greater funding for the NHS will be a likely outcome – 57 per cent.

Other likely outcomes were society placing greater value on key workers and communities coming closer together, which 53 per cent and 34.82 per cent of readers thought would happen respectively.

The survey found that 17.73 per cent of readers weren’t sure what the likely outcome would be, while just 18.09 per cent of readers in Sheffield thought “the country coming closer together” would be a likely outcome.

On a national level, a high number of respondents - 58.9 per cent - think greater funding for the NHS will be a likely outcome, followed closely by society placing greater value on key workers, which 56.6 per cent of respondents thought would happen post-pandemic.

Even the least popular option - “the country coming closer together” - was seen as a likely outcome by 18.8 per cent of respondents.