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People want a different life after lockdown



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A survey in the United Kingdom asked people about life after lockdown. The market research and data analytics company YouGov asked 4,343 people about life after the lockdown ends. The company said they were surprised by the people's answers. Only nine per cent of Britons want life to return to "normal" after the coronavirus outbreak is over. This means 91 per cent want life to be different to how it was before the pandemic started. Over half of people (54%) said they hoped to change the way they live their lives. Lead researcher Professor Tom MacMillan said: "This data shows there is a real appetite for change, and for the nation to learn from this crisis."

Most of the people in the survey said they noticed big changes because of the lockdown. Just over half (51%) have noticed cleaner air outdoors, and 27 per cent have seen more wildlife in the past month. This may encourage people to use cars less when the lockdown ends. Maybe more people will work from home. Many people (42%) said they value food more, and 38 per cent said they are now cooking using recipes and not buying ready-made meals. Another change could be a stronger sense of community. Over 40 per cent of people said they now talk to people who live near them. Professor MacMillan said: "People are trying new things and noticing differences at home, in their work and in communities."

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