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Maintaining everyday life praxis in the time of COVID-19 pandemic measures (ELP-COVID-19 survey)

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Background: The extreme social circumstances caused by declared COVID-19 pandemic deeply intervene people's everyday life and should not be neglected but seen through the view of social reality pinpointing the "ordinary" people. In this paper, authors explored basic segments of everyday and their subjective perception to what extent sleeping habits, physical inactivity, physical activity, nutritional habits and smoking have changed. Methods: The online survey was conducted in nine European countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Italy, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain) in 4108 participants, aged 15-82 years. The survey took place 30 to 40 days after WHO declared COVID-19 pandemic state, from April 15th to May 3rd, 2020. Results: The results have shown 30 minutes longer sleeping time, 50% longer physical inactivity time, 65% longer screen time, 43% shorter walking time, 24% shorter sport time and 37% longer physical work time. Additionally, body mass gains (0.3 kg) could be explained in 20.6% with meals sizes, unhealthy food consumption, screen time and sport time. Further, respondents reported more regular meals (44%) and healthier meals with less alcohol consumption and less smoking, which have been positive outcomes of home confinement. Conclusion: The findings draw attention to negative changes in everyday praxis (inactivity, body mass gain) after such a short period. Because of possible risk to population's health (especially of countries such as Italy and Spain with serious threat and more stringent measures), findings enable development of recommendations for maintaining healthy lifestyle habits with minimal negative health consequences in similar pandemic circumstances.
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Maintaining everyday life praxis in the time of
COVID-19 pandemic measures (ELP-COVID-19 survey)
Sa
sa Pi
sot
1
, Ivana Milovanovi
c
2
,Bo
stjan
Simuni
c
1
, Ambra Gentile
3
, Ksenija Bosnar
4
,
Franjo Prot
1
, Antonino Bianco
3
, Gianluca Lo Coco
3
, Sun
cica Bartoluci
4
, Darko Katovi
c
4
,
Peter Bakala´r
5
, Tere´ zia Kovalik Slan
cova´
5
, Lenka Tlu
ca´kova´
5
, Cristina Casals
6,7
, Kaltrina Feka
3
,
Aikaterini Christogianni
8
, Patrik Drid
2
1 Institute for Kinesiology Research, Science and Research Centre Koper, Koper 6000, Slovenia
2 Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad 21000, Serbia
3 Department of Psychology, Educational Science and Human Movement, Universita` degli Studi di Palermo, Palermo
90128, Italy
4 Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb, Zagreb 10000, Croatia
5 Faculty of Sports, University of Presov, Pre
sov 080 01, Slovakia
6 MOVE-IT Research Group and Department of Physical Education, Faculty of Education Sciences, University of Cadiz,
Ca´ diz 11003, Spain
7 Biomedical Research and Innovation Institute of Cadiz (INiBICA) Research Unit, Puerta del Mar University Hospital,
University of Cadiz, Ca´ diz 11003, Spain
8 TERMOSENSELAB; Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre, LE11 3TU, Lougborough, UK
Correspondence: Ivana Milovanovi
c, Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Novi Sad, Lov
censka 16, Novi
Sad 21000, Serbia, Tel: þ381 (0) 21 45 0188, Fax: þ381 (0) 21 45 0190, e-mail: i.a.milovanovic@gmail.com
Background: The extreme social circumstances caused by declared COVID-19 pandemic deeply intervene people’s
everyday life and should not be neglected but seen through the view of social reality pinpointing the ‘ordinary’
people. In this article, authors explored basic segments of everyday and their subjective perception to what extent
sleeping habits, physical inactivity, physical activity, nutritional habits and smoking have changed. Methods: The
online survey was conducted in nine European countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo*, Italy,
Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain) in 4108 participants, aged 15–82 years. The survey took place 30–40 days after
World Health Organization declared COVID-19 pandemic state, from 15 April to 3 May 2020. Results: The results
have shown 30 min longer sleeping time, 50% longer physical inactivity time, 65% longer screen time, 43%
shorter walking time, 24% shorter sport time and 37% longer physical work time. Additionally, body mass gains
(0.3 kg) could be explained in 20.6% with meals sizes, unhealthy food consumption, screen time and sport time.
Further, respondents reported more regular meals (44%) and healthier meals with less alcohol consumption and
less smoking, which have been positive outcomes of home confinement. Conclusion: The findings draw attention
to negative changes in everyday praxis (inactivity, body mass gain) after such a short period. Because of possible
risk to population’s health (especially of countries such as Italy and Spain with serious threat and more stringent
measures), findings enable development of recommendations for maintaining healthy lifestyle habits with min-
imal negative health consequences in similar pandemic circumstances.
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Introduction
The term ‘everyday life’ in social sciences has long been considered
trivial, platitude and therefore irrelevant for ‘serious’ research,
1,2
its main purpose being to ‘capture life as it is lived’
3
within few
common denominators: the exposure of regular, repetitive phenom-
ena and situations should be exposed. That is why research concern-
ing everyday life should not be neglected as the view of social reality
that pinpoints the ‘ordinary’ people and how they subjectively per-
ceive their own and other’s actions. Therefore, in the research of
everyday life, one should emphasize ‘the inevitability of an individ-
ual actor as an analytical focus’.
4
Lifestyles as ‘relatively coherent sets
of material and symbolic practices in everyday life’ are to some
extent the creators of people’s personal identity. This is reflected,
among other things, in eating habits, sleeping habits, sports and
recreational activities, body care, free time habits, forms of sociality,
cultural consumption etc.
5,6
In this article, we explored basic seg-
ments of everyday life in extraordinary/extreme social circumstan-
ces, during the Coronavirus disease /COVID-19 pandemic, declared
as global health outbreak by the representatives of the World Health
Organization on 11 March 2020. Each country has adopted its own
precautionary measures either strict or mild, for their citizens during
the pandemic they undoubtedly had on everyday life of citizens.
These measures affected all segments of everyday life; the way the
active population works (e.g. work from home wherever possible),
the closure of kindergartens, schools, colleges and dormitories
imposed (home schooling), the ban on visits to the elderly in homes
as well as lockdown public life (public transport, cultural events and
non-essential consumer services). The daily life was suddenly con-
centrated on home and screen media connections.
Having in mind, the described features of everyday life on one
hand and the COVID-19 pandemic measures on the other, the focus
of this article is on everyday life of citizens of nine European coun-
tries during the COVID-19 epidemic. Due to specific and unique
circumstance social actors have lived in, we searched for and found
limited evidence of research on effect of safety measures and restric-
tions (home confinement) in general everyday life praxis. The im-
portance to investigate sleeping habits, physical activity (PA), eating
habits and sedentary behaviour is to find out how people can be
affected by restrictive measurements and what can we recommend
to people how to adapt better to the new situation in terms of
health-oriented lifestyle.
Recent evidence showed that COVID-19 pandemic home confine-
ment together with restricted or prohibited physical participation
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(schools, sport events and sports clubs’ activities lockdown)
imposed increasing risk of sedentary behaviours or level of inactiv-
ity.
7,8
Just a few days of sedentary lifestyle are sufficient to induce a
lot of negative physiological adaptations of the human body.
9,10
Along the negative effect on PA, COVID-19 pandemic state has
impact on diet behavior.
11
Feeling forced to stay indoors (public
life lockdown, quarantine) could be considered as psychological risk
factor for consuming more quantities of food of poorer quality
compared with standard living conditions. This induced changes
in nutrition habits and challenged the energy balance proportions
resulting in gaining weight.
12
In addition to PA and balanced food habits, the appropriate
sleeping habits have changed. When individual habits and quality
of one’s own sleep change during life, it may significantly contribute
to alterations in people’s healthy lifestyle. Psychosocial stressors may
affect sleep indirectly through unhealthy behaviours such as poor
diet, lack of PA, increased sedentary behaviours, or other diseases
such as diabetes, hypertension or depressive symptoms.
1315
On the
other hand, getting enough sleep improves appetite and functioning
of the immune system.
16
Concerning the situation people faced in COVID-19 pandemic,
we hypothesized that ‘Lefebvre’ attitude
17
which states that individ-
uals and groups live their everyday life according to the principle of
ambiguity, simply does not apply in the conditions of the COVID-
19 crisis. It means that everyday life praxis changed and that the
adaptation of everyday life praxis to the new situation was necessary.
Certain features of everyday life that we highlighted in the survey
were ways of spending time during the day, with special emphasis on
adjusting sleeping habits, eating habits, ways of expressing PA and
inactivity time (with emphasis on screen time) of respondents.
Although conducting the research, we tried to determine whether
and (if so) to what extent above mentioned behaviour of the
respondents have changed, and what connections the possible
changes have to do with the recommended measures in the state
COVID-19 pandemic. Following these, the main research question is
‘Are there any changes in everyday life praxis of sleeping, PA and
inactivity behaviours, and eating habits that occurred during the
COVID–19 pandemic restriction?’
Methods
A cross-sectional comparative study was conducted in nine
European countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece,
Kosovo*/The final political status of Kosovo is not prejudiced in
this paper, Italy, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spai) with an aim
to observe and analyze some of everyday life praxes in the time of
COVID-19 restrictions in comparison with the time before the out-
break of COVID-19 pandemic. ELP (Everyday life praxis) COVID-
19 consortium of six partners from Science and Research Centre
Koper (Slovenia), Faculties of sport, University of Novi Sad
(Serbia), University of Palermo (Italy), University of Zagreb
(Croatia), University of Pre
sov (Slovakia) and University of Cadiz
(Spain) has been established to identify determinants of common
everyday life routines: sleeping habits, inactivity with screen time,
ways of PA and eating habits in a new questionnaire.
Due to physical restrictions, the online survey was one of very few
possibilities to reach as many respondents as possible. The snow-
balling approach was used for recruitment of participants 15 years of
age and above. The survey questions were formed in 1KA, an open
source application that enables services for online surveys, devel-
oped by the Centre for Social Informatics, at the Faculty of Social
Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (https://www.1ka.si/d/en/
about/general-description).
The basic form of questionnaire was officially translated into eight
different languages and re-translated in English by each partner to
check the relevance of translations. Before the open access of online
survey was launched, a test of online questionnaire on at least six
participants per country was provided by research group to assure
correctness and understanding. Data collection lasted 14 days, from
15 to 28 April 2020, with exception of Kosovo* where it lasted
10 days, from 24 April to 3 May 2020 and Greece for 6 days from
28 April to 3 May 2020. The current cross-sectional study followed
the STROBE statement.
18
Survey participants were invited through different ways: personal
e-mail addresses, official pages of the partners organizations, local
online newspapers etc. By clicking on the survey, the presentation of
the main purpose with detailed instructions to fill the survey in was
provided. Participants were also informed that all data will be proc-
essed and managed in accordance with the legislation on the pro-
tection of personal data and the General Data Protection Regulation.
Participant’s responses were anonymous and confidential according
to 1KA (on https://www.1ka.si/d/en/help/manuals/gdpr-and-data-
collection), and survey did not collect any personal data (names,
birth date and contact information) to enable the respondent’s iden-
tification. The participants were able to leave the questionnaire at
any stage before the submission process. Only surveys with com-
pleted mandatory questions were taken into further analysis.
New questionnaire ‘ELP in the time of COVID-19 pandemic re-
striction’ (ELP COVID-19 study) was made in English language for
additional translation. The questionnaire consists of 24 questions
and provides the adapted parts of validated questionnaires. The
part of validated SIMPAQ—Simple Physical Activity
Questionnaire
19
was adapted to collect data on sleeping time, PA,
inactivity time as ‘time before COVID-19 pandemic’ (BDC) and
time ‘during COVID-19 pandemic measures’ (DDC).
Besides the SIMPAQ, additional questions and scales to assess
eating habits and indicators of quality of life were taken from
European Health Interview Survey, (National institute for public
health in Slovenia, 2007). In the view of this, we approached the
research with the following research questions: What changes
occurred in daily praxis (in everyday life) regarding the new situ-
ation of COVID-19 pandemic measures (‘BDC and DDC
measures’):
i. in sleeping habits ‘time to go to bed’, ‘time to wake up’, ‘sleeping
time’;
ii. ‘inactivity time’ and ‘screen time’
iii. ‘time of walking’, ‘sports PA’ and ‘physical work habits’.
Being one of the most important life basic needs, the provision of
food and related eating habits were additional variables investigated
in this research. First, we would like to know whether changes in
everyday life also had effect on gaining and reducing body weight
and whether changes occurred on some indicators of eating habits.
Participants were asked to estimate: (i) precisely the change (in kg) if
they regularly monitor their body weight, or if they don’t, to esti-
mate of weight changes: ‘my body weight...1—decreased a lot; 2—
decreased a little; 3—stays the same; 4—increased a little; 5—
increased a lot’(during the 1 month of pandemic restrictions time).
Additionally, the changes in eating and other health related habits
(alcohol and tobacco consumption) were collected by estimating of
variables: ‘regular meals’, ‘meal size’ (quantity), ‘unhealthy food
(sweets, fast food) consumption’, ‘alcohol consumption’, ‘smoking
habits’ with the scale: 1— much less, 2— less, 3— stays the same,
4— a little more, 5— much more, 6—can’t estimate and 7—not
applicable (for alcohol and smoking). Due to the open online avail-
ability of the survey we were aware that survey will not reach less
educated, less affluent people, men and older people, not skilled or
equipped with information technology (IT) and we take a risk of
non-representative sample.
Data were analyzed using software of STATISTIKA (version 13.0,
TIBCO, USA) and SPSS (version 24.0, IBM, USA). All data were
presented as mean (standard deviation) values. Data were grouped
for nine countries and time before and after COVID-19 pandemic
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measures and checked for normal distribution (Histogram, Q–Q
plot, Skewness, Kurtosis and Shapiro–Wilk test) and homogeneity
of variance (Levene test) were met. The multivariate difference in all
12 everyday praxis variables were tested by multivariate Hotelling’s
T
2
test,
20
), while differences in each variable was tested by two-way
ANalysis Of VAriance/ANOVA (time and country) at statistical sig-
nificance of P<0.01 and after Bonferroni correction Pvalues was
accepted as P<0.0008. A Multiple Linear Regression was used to
identify significant predictors of body mass changes, where predic-
tors passed also non-multicollinearity assumptions (variance infla-
tion factor <2). Additionally, we presented frequency analysis of
changes in eating habits, alcohol consumption and smoking in sup-
plementary file. For that purpose, only subjects that responded from
1 to 5 on a 5-point Likert scale were analyzed: 1—much less, 2—less,
3—the same, 4—little more, and 5—much more. Although those
that indicated 6—cannot estimate or 7—not applicable were
excluded.
Results
The sample consisted of respondents of 9 European countries
[n¼4108, male ¼1527 (37.2%), age 32.0 (13.2), ranged from 15
to 82 years; table 1, see Supplementary table S1 for details descrip-
tion of study sample]. Most of the respondents were between 21 and
30 years (44.4%), and representing the active population [employed
or self-employed (46.5%) and students (46.7%)]. Education level of
the sample is quite high, majority exceed the secondary level, prob-
ably because the primary channel of online destinations was among
students and university workers. Respondents answered the survey
in the period of 34.6 (7.0) days after the state governments declared
Pandemic measures, in the period when most changes could become
latent.
Everyday life praxis, primarily sleeping and eating habits and PA
behaviours as regular, repetitive phenomena were interrupted by
sudden changes of COVID-19 pandemic lockdown of public life,
and transportation with strict restriction of movement and recom-
mended mantra ‘stay at home’. Consequences after a month of the
newly introduced state showed that social reality from the position
of ‘ordinary’ people and subjective meaning of ‘new’ everyday life
has changed significantly.
The multivariate Hotelling’s T
2
test confirmed differences in 12
main variables related to everyday praxis (P<0.001). Additionally,
post-hoc analysis in 12 variables indicated changes in sleeping habits,
physical inactivity with screen time and PA habits.
Sleeping habits
There was a visible difference in all scores of nine countries in
sleeping habits in ‘go to bed’ time [M
BDC
¼23.4 (1.2) vs. M
DDC
¼24.5 (1.7) o’clock; P<0.0008], in ‘wake up’ time [M
BDC
¼7.2
(1.3) vs. M
DDC
¼8.7 (1.3) o’clock; P<0.0008] and sleeping time
[M
BDC
¼7.6 (1.2) vs. M
DDC
¼8.1 (1.3) h; P<0.0008]. In summary,
during the COVID-19 pandemic measures participants went to bed
a 1.0 (1.5) h later, woke up 1.4 (1.6) h later and consequently slept
0.5 (1.4) h longer (figure 1A). Post-hoc analysis confirmed increase
in sleeping time in all countries, except Italy.
Physical inactivity with screen time
During COVID-19 pandemic measures, participants spent 50%
more time in physical inactivity [M
BDC
¼5.6 (3.5) vs. M
DDC
¼
8.4 (3.9) h; P<0.0008] and had 65% longer screen time [M
DDC
¼4.9 (2.3) vs. M
BDC
¼8.1 (3.7) h; P<0.0008]. Post-hoc analysis
indicated increased physical inactivity and screen time in all coun-
tries (figure 1B and C). The increase in physical inactivity is closely
related to increased screen time, such as TV, smart phone, computer
or tablet.
PA behaviour
During COVID-19 pandemic measures daily walking decreased for
43% [M
BDC
¼116.6 (98.8) vs. M
DDC
¼66.0 (78.9) min;
P<0.0008], sports activities decreased for 24% [M
BDC
¼79.9
(86.2) vs. M
DDC
¼60.8 (67.4) min, P<0.0008]; However, daily
physical work increased for 37% [M
BDC
¼38.7 (71.2) vs. M
DDC
¼52.9 (83.0) min; P<0.0008]. Post-hoc analysis revealed that walk-
ing time decreased in all countries except Slovenia (figure 1D). The
time spent in sport activities decreased in majority of countries,
except in Slovenia, Slovakia and Kosovo (figure 1E); and the time
spent in physical working (e.g. gardening) increased also in majority
of countries, except in Italy, Spain and Greece (figure 1F).
Eating habits
First, we analyzed body mass adaptation and found that participants
that monitored their body mass (n¼2208) had an increase for 0.3
(2.2) kg during COVID-19 pandemic measures (P<0.0008). Those
who did not use scale regularly (n¼1746) reported subjective
change on 5-point Likert scale [3.31 (0.74); P<0.0008], being be-
tween ‘stays the same’ and ‘gain a little’; however, results again in-
dicate gaining body mass (P<0.0008). To explain body mass gains
in a subsample of 2208 participants that reported exact body mass
changes we used multiple linear regression and found that the model
explained 20.6% of body mass change variance (P<0.001) with
increased meal sizes, unhealthy eating, increased screen time and
decreased sport time during COVID-19 restriction measures
(table 2).
When comparing eating habits during COVID-19 restriction
measures with those prior to restriction, we found more regular
meals, larger meal sizes, less unhealthy food, lower alcohol and to-
bacco consumption (figure 2). Descriptive analysis is presented in
Supplementary figure S1, where we found that 44% of the partic-
ipants adopted eating habits with more regular meals, whereas 16%
had fewer regular meals. Further, 29% of the participants enlarged
meal size, whereas 20% of them decreased meal size. Unhealthy food
consumption was increased in 33% of respondents, whereas 35%
reported a decrease. Unexpectedly, increase of the alcohol consump-
tion and smoking behaviour were reported in <10% of the partic-
ipants, while at the same time 36% drink and 14% smoke less or
much less than before.
Discussion
The results of this study focus on the changes in everyday life praxis
after 30–40 days of COVID-19 restriction measures. We found mar-
ginal changes in all studied everyday life praxis. Participants
reported 0.5 h longer sleeping time, 50% longer physical inactivity
most likely due to 65% longer screen time, whereas walking time
decreased for 43%, sport time decreased for 24% and physical work
time decreased for 37%. Abovementioned changes were consistent
Table 1 The characteristics of the sample for each country (see
details in Supplementary table S1)
Total respondents Male population Age
Country n%n% Mean (SD)
Slovenia 445 10.8 117 26.3 42.1 (14.9)
Croatia 1646 40.1 545 37.9 31.2 (12.4)
Italia 512 12.5 258 50.4 29.7 (11.0)
Serbia 366 8.9 183 50.3 30.2 (12.7)
Slovakia 530 12.9 112 21.1 28.5 (11.1)
Spain 313 7.6 157 50.2 31.3 (13.1)
Greece 97 2.4 50 51.6 42.3 (16.6)
Bosnia and Herzegovina 92 2.2 33 36.0 33.5 (11.6)
Kosovo* 107 2.6 42 39.2 30.6 (11.3)
Total 4108 100 1497 36.4 32.0 (13.2)
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in almost all countries, with some exceptions, which will be dis-
cussed below.
Going to bed half an hour after midnight and later waking up
times were probably the effect of home confinement since people
needed to compensate for having to organize working and schooling
from home, which allowed a bit looser timetable. The results could
be reported in two ways, the later bedtime could be related with
increased screen time and physical inactivity or poor diet,
1315
but
on the other hand, people who used home confinement and got
sufficient sleep could improve appetite and immune system
functioning.
16
The increased time of physical inactivity and on the other side the
decrease of all studied phenotypes of PA have been confirmed also
by other studies reporting PA levels during COVID-19 pandem-
ic.
8,10,11
Because of emphasized serious negative physiological effect
on human body caused by physical inactivity and sedentary behav-
iour, these can be disruptive also to disease parameters (i.e. rheum-
atic diseases), cardiovascular risk profile, physical capacity and
function, and mental health.
2123
Indeed, we determined decrease in daily levels of PA (walking and
sports), with an exception in Slovenia and Slovakia where reported
slightly increase of sports engagement (3–6 min/day) probably be-
cause of less strict movement restriction posed by government and
additional free time. On the other hand, we were determined the
increase in physical work in some countries that could be explained
by additional ‘free time’, nice spring weather and typical tasks at
home (e.g. house repairs, gardening), with exception of decrease in
all level of PA in Italy, Spain and Greece where government imposed
Figure 1 Comparison of (A) sleeping time, (B) physical inactivity, (C) screen time, (D) walking time, (E) sport time and (F) physical work time
before and during COVID-19 pandemic measures
Table 2 Multiple linear regression of body mass gains in a sub-
sample of 2208 participants
Variables BbPartial
r
VIF P-value
Constant 3.385
Meal size 0.845 0.339 0.332 1.168 <0.001
Unhealthy food 0.330 0.183 0.167 1.192 <0.001
Screen time 0.031 0.052 0.051 1.022 0.006
Sport time 0.0020.0460.0501.034 0.017
VIF, Variance Inflation Factor.
Figure 2 Changes of food, alcohol and smoking consumption during
COVID-19 restriction measures from before (see details in supple-
mentary figure S1)
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most strictly measures of movement. We assume that the estimated
differences in level of PA depend on the level of COVID-19 meas-
urements (quarantine, movement restriction and curfew) or add-
itional analysis should be made on correlation of country’s specific
cultural tradition or habits. Nevertheless, the reported results show
that after 34–40 days of restrictive measures, people observed mostly
negative differences in PA behaviour and that is a problem that
should be highlighted.
Regarding the body mass, we found the increase of 0.3 kg of
those who monitored and was similar to those that reported their
subjective estimates towards gaining a little weight. We found that
body mass gains could be explained in 20.6% with meals sizes,
unhealthy food consumption, screen time and sport time. Indeed,
we found increased meal sizes, higher screen time and lower sport
time during COVID-19 restriction measures, which was also
reported by Butler and Barrientos (2020), but in opposite partici-
pants reported more regular meals and less unhealthy food con-
sumption. The latter was found to be in contradiction with Butler
and Barrientos (2020) and Ammar et al.
11
; however, the changes we
reported were rather small but significant. Alcohol consumption and
smoking decline could be explained by severe restrictions in order to
control the pandemic outbreak reflected in social life and the
accompanied social habits, drinking and smoking (especially in
young people).
Despite all professional recommendations in mass media how to
stay healthy and active in the time of quarantine, declines of PA
levels with large increases in physical inactivity were reported.
Consequently, the most evident change in the study was in physical
inactivity and screen time which increased for 3 h, where physical
inactivity reached above the threshold area (6–8 h daily). It is already
known that sedentary lifestyle is one of the strongest factors for
increasing risk of disease or mortality,
2427
going along with
increased screen time.
The strength of this research is to include a standardized survey in
nine European countries which enables a broader insight into the
research question. Some limitations and bias were mentioned above
and coincide with the characteristics of participants of online sur-
veys while more educated and more affluent people, women and
younger people are more likely to participate, what
Smith
27
confirmed. On the other hand, we are aware that online
surveys bypass the vulnerable groups who are not skilled or
equipped with IT.
Nevertheless, the results of the survey clearly indicate significant
differences in some important everyday life praxis (sleep, sedentary
and PA behaviour and eating habits) and regarding the countries
state of threat, because the results imply that the problem of espe-
cially increased inactivity (sedentary behaviour with screen time)
and opposite decline of PA became legitimate as people were unable
to adequately maintain their ordinary PA patterns during the pan-
demic restriction.
Additionally, the new ways (probably with IT tools) to maintain a
more optimal PA as regular low/medium intensity volume exercise,
also in the time pandemic restriction, together with a 15–25% re-
duction in caloric intake have to be promoted in order to preserve
neuromuscular, cardiovascular, metabolic and endocrine health.
10
The findings definitely impose the need to draw attention to the
negative changes in everyday practices and their risk to the health of
population, which was evident in the more endangered countries
(Italy and Spain) with stricter measures on everyday life (quarantine
and movement restriction). Consequently the perspective of this
‘ELP COVID-19 study’ is also to target the extent of effect of pan-
demic measure in each country following the demographic charac-
teristics. Knowing the specific reaction in adopting the ‘new
normality’ by participated countries will enable us to prepare rec-
ommendations for positive outcomes in similar situations with min-
imal consequences to health of population.
Supplementary data
Supplementary data are available at EURPUB online.
Conflicts of interest: None declared.
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Physical inactivity is common during periods of self-isolation, but for patients with rheumatic diseases, there are crucial benefits to be gained from maintaining an active lifestyle throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Patients should be provided with support to maintain physical activity and avoid prolonged periods of time spent sitting.
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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is having a profound effect on all aspects of society, including mental health and physical health. We explore the psychological, social, and neuroscientific effects of COVID-19 and set out the immediate priorities and longer-term strategies for mental health science research. These priorities were informed by surveys of the public and an expert panel convened by the UK Academy of Medical Sciences and the mental health research charity, MQ: Transforming Mental Health, in the first weeks of the pandemic in the UK in March, 2020. We urge UK research funding agencies to work with researchers, people with lived experience, and others to establish a high level coordination group to ensure that these research priorities are addressed, and to allow new ones to be identified over time. The need to maintain high-quality research standards is imperative. International collaboration and a global perspective will be beneficial. An immediate priority is collecting high-quality data on the mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic across the whole population and vulnerable groups, and on brain function, cognition, and mental health of patients with COVID-19. There is an urgent need for research to address how mental health consequences for vulnerable groups can be mitigated under pandemic conditions, and on the impact of repeated media consumption and health messaging around COVID-19. Discovery, evaluation, and refinement of mechanistically driven interventions to address the psychological, social, and neuroscientific aspects of the pandemic are required. Rising to this challenge will require integration across disciplines and sectors, and should be done together with people with lived experience. New funding will be required to meet these priorities, and it can be efficiently leveraged by the UK's world-leading infrastructure. This Position Paper provides a strategy that may be both adapted for, and integrated with, research efforts in other countries.