As the holidays approach, many of us are celebrating differently.  Our latest survey of over 17,000 participants in the COVID-19 Research Project explores coping mechanisms and trends in virtual connections.

Key findings include:

  • 88% of participants found a way to connect with friends and family. 
  • The majority of respondents are engaging in a mix of virtual and face-to-face connection:

How are COVID-19 Research project Participants connecting with friends and family?

People who take part in meditation or a spiritual or religious practice, while a relatively small proportion of the sample population, find it very satisfying:

Meditation and participation in a spiritual or religious practice

To help support people with information during this time, the CDC has released new guidance and considerations on COVID-19 and holiday gatherings. The World Health Organization has also shared a video of when and how children should wear a mask.

If you’re interested in trying a meditation practice, free resources are available from the University of California, Los Angeles’ Mindful Awareness Research Center.

On behalf of the scientific community, we want to thank you for the changes, big and small, that you’re weighing this holiday season. Taking these steps is a true gesture of care — proof of a commitment to keeping our elders, vulnerable friends and family, and communities safe. 

Note: Data from 17,561 respondents to COVID-19 Research Project Community and Wellbeing surveys as of September 30th 2020.