Wider Impacts of COVID-19 on Health (WICH) monitoring tool


The Wider Impacts of COVID-19 on Health (WICH) monitoring tool is designed to allow users to explore the indirect effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the population's health and wellbeing. This tool presents a range of health and wellbeing metrics in interactive plots that can be broken down to show differences between groups - for example, you can explore grocery purchasing habits by Region or Social Class.

This resource will be updated weekly with:

  • New time point data for existing metrics where available and appropriate.
  • New metrics covering relevant themes where data become available.

A companion summary document has been published alongside this tool and is available to read here.


Public Health England (PHE) Health Intelligence teams have collated a range of metrics and grouped them into seven categories.

Below is a table of metrics - click the rows to expand groups and subgroups and click the Link column to view the relevant section of the tool. You can search through indicators using the search bar on the right.


What's new?

This resource was updated on 3/12/2020.

The following metrics have been updated with new data:

  • Grocery purchasing and food usage
    • Grocery purchasing
  • Social determinants of health:
    • Business impacts - Furlough and turnover
  • Mental health and wellbeing
    • Mental health
  • Air quality

Revisions to metrics are recored in the change log, available to download as an xlsx file here.

On the 5 November, we published a report which provides an in-depth commentary on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on grocery shopping behaviours during March to June 2020 available here.


We are interested in your feedback on the tool. If you have any comments or suggested changes, please email EandS-Enquiries@phe.gov.uk

How to use this Tool

Use the tabs at the top of the screen to move between the different metric groups.

Each tab provides a visualisation of the selected metric by different breakdowns and the trends over time for the metrics available.

  1. Select the metric to display in the ‘Indicator’ drop down. The dashboard will populate with the selected data.
  2. Select the breakdown you would like to display from the ‘Breakdown’ drop down.
  3. Navigate between viewing charts, data tables and metadata using the tabs in each theme.
  4. To see a single variable on a chart click on the variable name in the legend.
  5. View data from previous releases using the 'Release Date' drop down.

Grocery purchasing and food usage

Social determinants of health

Mental health and wellbeing

Behavioural risk factors

Access to care

Air quality

Pregnancy and birth