Map shows London boroughs most stressed about coronavirus


Babylon Health has analysed over 200,000 real-time tweets to find out which London boroughs are the most stressed about covid-19. 

Tweets were considered since the UK went into lockdown, and were scraped for words related to the pandemic including: self-isolation, corona and social distancing.

The tool TensiStrength was used to estimate the stress levels in these tweets, by analysing them on a scale of -1 (no stress) to -5 (very highly stressed), based on the classification of words related to stress, frustration, anxiety, anger and negativity.

Hillingdon is the most stressed borough in London, with 44.3% of tweets relating to the coronavirus in this area measured as ‘stressed‘. Hounslow ranks second on our list (42.5%) and Merton third (42.1%).


London Borough
% of Stressed Tweets
Hillingdon 44.3%
Hounslow 42.5%
Merton 42.1%
Kingston upon Thames 41.8%
Islington 40.9%
Richmond upon Thames 40.4%
Wandsworth 40.2%
Barking and Dagenham 40.0%
Bromley 39.9%
Bexley 39.8%
Tower Hamlets 39.7%
Croydon 39.7%
Royal Borough of Greenwich 39.3%
Barnet 38.9%
Newham 38.4%
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea 38.3%
Hackney 38.2%
Sutton 38.0%
Enfield 37.9%
Hammersmith and Fulham 37.6%
Lewisham 37.5%
Lambeth 37.2%
Redbridge 37.0%
Haringey 37.0%
Southwark 37.0%
Camden 37.0%
Havering 37.0%
City of London 36.8%
Ealing 36.1%
City of Westminster 36.0%
Waltham Forest 34.5%
Brent 34.2%
Harrow 34.0%


We spoke to two doctors to find out more about controlling your health during this time.

What steps would you recommend to someone to help them look after their mental health during the lockdown, due to covid-19? 

Dr Sarah Wells

Social distancing can bring up some challenges, especially if you live alone or are single. Here are some tips for keeping sane and positive:

    • Keep motivated by writing down a daily schedule and setting yourself a routine
    • Make time each day to call/video call a friend or family member
    • Consider joining a group on Facebook i.e. Global Support for Covid-19 which offers free video yoga, meditation and virtual social meetings.

It’s also important to keep active and get outdoors for an hour, once a day – walking or running and being outdoors, in nature especially, will give your endorphins a boost. Alternatively, you can check out online fitness classes on YouTube and Instagram to do at home.

How much daily exercise is recommended to keep a healthy mind and body?

 Dr Claudia Pastides