News in numbers: July/August 2020

22 July 2020

A breakdown of recent community health news, in numbers. Download the PDF, here

At least 3.9 million early deaths are prevented every year worldwide by people being physically active. This is a positive outcome to focus on, say researchers at the universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh, who studied 168 countries

x2 Smokers under 30 are more than twice as likely to have stopped smoking because of Covid-19 than those over 50, suggests an analysis of 1370 smokers and recent ex-smokers. However, young people may be more likely to struggle with relapse

About 2.2 million people in the UK may be smoking more than they were before the coronavirus crisis, suggests YouGov’s Covid-19 tracker 

45% of parents believe childhood immunisations are now more important than they were before Covid-19, found a poll of more than 2500 adults

However, only 27% of parents felt comfortable taking their child (from 9 months to 10 years old) to a medical centre for vaccinations, due to fear of exposure to Covid-19.


Action on Smoking and Health. (2020) COVID-19 drives ‘astonishing’ quit rate among young smokers: Experts ask if trend will survive loosening lockdown. See: (accessed 25 June 2020). 

Strain T et al. (2020) Use of the prevented fraction for the population to determine deaths averted by existing prevalence of physical activity: a descriptive study. See: (accessed 22 June 2020).

University of Bristol. (2020) Study finds evidence that loneliness makes it harder to quit smoking. See: (accessed 19 June 2020).