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CoCoNet Study​

The COVID-19 Contact Network Study

By better understanding how social contact patterns are changing in the UK, we can improve predictions of COVID-19 transmission.

The CoCoNet Study

The CoCoNet study aims to measure the social contact patterns of people in the UK during the pandemic, to understand how the spread of COVID-19 is affected by our social behaviour.

The results of the survey will be used to improve modelled predictions of COVID-19 transmission in the UK, and to help identify which restrictions could be lifted safely in the future. The research may also be used to inform contact tracing efforts and the NHS Test and Trace system.

This is an online anonymous survey which should only take about 5 - 10 minutes to complete. People of all ages and occupations who live in the UK are encouraged to take part. The survey asks participants questions about how often they leave their home, the number of people they encounter during a day and which types of locations they visit. 

Thank you for your interest in the COVID-19 Contact Network Study. This survey will take approximately 5 - 10 minutes to complete. Please read the Participant Information Sheet which explains why this research is taking place and what will be expected from you if you decide to participate. This survey is completely anonymous so please answer questions as honestly as you can. Your answers are confidential and we will not be able to identify you.


Should you feel concerned or distressed either as a result of taking part, or in the future, the following resources may help: 


  • If you need medical help, visit: NHS 111 online
  • If you are struggling because of COVID-19 and need support, visit: GOV.UK Coronavirus Support
  • If you need help with your mental health or wellbeing, visit:

          NHS Mental Health services

          Mind Coronavirus Information and Support

    COVID-19 Contact Network Study - Information for participants

    Information Sheet for ParticipantsInformation Sheet for Children

    Research Team

    If you have any questions about the study, please get in touch with one of the research team. General enquiries can also be sent to

    Jonathan Read

    Dr Jonathan Read

    Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics

    DSI - Health

    +44 (0)1524 594837
    Christopher Jewell

    Dr Christopher Jewell

    Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology

    DSI - Health

    +44 (0)1524 595237
    Jessica Bridgen

    Jessica Bridgen

    PhD student

    DSI - Health