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Physical Activity and Sociodemographic Profile of Brazilian People during COVID-19 Outbreak: An Online and Cross-Sectional Survey

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Centro de Educação Física e Desportos (CEFD), Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (UFES), Espírito Santo (ES) 29075-910, Brazil
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Escola Paulista de Enfermagem (EPE), Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP), São Paulo (SP) 04023-062, Brazil
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Setor de Fisiologia Humana e do Exercício, Faculdade de Educação Física e Dança, Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG), Goiânia, Goiás (GO) 74.690-900, Brazil
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Departamento de Fisiologia, Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP), São Paulo (SP) 04023-910, Brazil
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School of Health and Caring Sciences, University of West Attica, Athens, 11521 Attica, Greece
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Medbase St. Gallen Am Vadianplatz, St. Gallen and Institute of Primary Care, University of Zurich, 8091 Zurich, Switzerland
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Liga de Hipertensão Arterial, Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG), Goiânia, Goiás (GO) 74.690-900, Brazil
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(21), 7964; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217964
Received: 10 October 2020 / Revised: 26 October 2020 / Accepted: 28 October 2020 / Published: 29 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Exercise Physiology and Performance)
The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak has created an unprecedented impact on global health and further aggravated the physical inactivity pandemic. For this reason, the understanding of sociodemographic variables in the context of physical activity levels are important for the field of public health in order to assist in relevant public health decisions. Our main aim was to characterize sociodemographic variables and physical activity levels and their association with COVID-19 aspects. We applied an online Google survey with closed questions in Brazilian people of different age and regions, both sexes and physical activity levels (n = 1.726). Our main results were that participants who had symptoms of COVID-19 had the highest percentage of level 1 of physical activity (the lowest level according to the classification used) and those who showed no symptoms had the highest percentage of levels 2 and 3 of physical activity; that is, close to the light/moderate levels of physical activity. This cross-sectional study in the Brazilian population provided important sociodemographic data and COVID-19 aspects regarding the level of physical activity. It is possible to assume that the regular practice of physical activity could positively impact health status and quality of life and be a tool in the field of public health to cope (from a physical and mental point of view) with disease scenarios that require quarantine. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical activity; COVID-19; pandemic; sociodemographic; online survey physical activity; COVID-19; pandemic; sociodemographic; online survey
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Vancini, R.L.; Camargo-Neto, L.; de Lira, C.A.B.; Andrade, M.S.; Viana, R.B.; Nikolaidis, P.T.; Knechtle, B.; Gentil, P.; Piacezzi, L.H.V.; Lopes, M.C.B.T.; Batista, R.E.A.; Vancini-Campanharo, C.R. Physical Activity and Sociodemographic Profile of Brazilian People during COVID-19 Outbreak: An Online and Cross-Sectional Survey. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7964.

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