SARS-CoV-2 survey (Global)
The WW-FINGERS COVID-19 survey was launched in June 2021 to study the effects of the pandemic on older adults at risk of dementia, in terms of changes in lifestyle, behaviour, and mental wellbeing. The survey investigates the short- and long-term effects on risk factors relevant for cognitive impairment and dementia, especially lifestyle factors and factors related to vascular and metabolic health.
The survey was developed by a multinational team from the World-Wide FINGERS network and is linked to the WHO Global Forum on Neurology and COVID-19. The World-Wide FINGERS network provides a unique global framework for this survey, while at the same time accounting for country-specific strategies related to the pandemic. Data is collected from the many ongoing studies in the network, where information from participants has been gathered at different stages of the pandemic.
Following a core process, data is harmonized and compared across nations. There are opportunities to adapt specific parts to local, cultural, and economic factors.
So far (July 2023) the survey includes data from over 21,000 participants in more than 20 countries. Current analyses show significant effects on modifiable factors relevant to brain health in older adults, including social isolation, reduced exercise, and sleep problems.