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The Impact of Post-COVID-19 Syndrome on Self-Reported Physical Activity

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Department of Research and Development, Ciro, 6085 NM Horn, The Netherlands
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NUTRIM School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism, 6229 HX Maastricht, The Netherlands
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Department of Respiratory Medicine, Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC+), 6229 HX Maastricht, The Netherlands
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REVAL—Rehabilitation Research Center, BIOMED—Biomedical Research Institute, Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, Hasselt University, 3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium
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Lung Foundation Netherlands, 3818 LE Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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Department of Pulmonary Disease, Radboud University Medical Center, 6525 GA Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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Department of Health Services Research, Care and Public Health Research Institute, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, 6229 ER Maastricht, The Netherlands
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(11), 6017; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18116017
Received: 2 May 2021 / Revised: 28 May 2021 / Accepted: 30 May 2021 / Published: 3 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Collection Physical Activity and Public Health)
Background: A subgroup of patients recovering from COVID-19 experience persistent symptoms, decreased quality of life, increased dependency on others for personal care and impaired performance of activities of daily living. However, the long-term effects of COVID-19 on physical activity (PA) in this subgroup of patients with persistent symptoms remain unclear. Methods: Demographics, self-reported average time spent walking per week, as well as participation in activities pre-COVID-19 and after three and six months of follow-up were assessed in members of online long-COVID-19 peer support groups. Results: Two hundred thirty-nine patients with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis were included (83% women, median (IQR) age: 50 (39–56) years). Patients reported a significantly decreased weekly walking time after three months of follow-up (three months: 60 (15–120) min. vs. pre-COVID-19: 120 (60–240) min./week; p < 0.05). Six months after the onset of symptoms walking time was still significantly lower compared to pre-COVID-19 but significantly increased compared to three months of follow-up (three months: 60 (15–120) min. vs. six months: 90 (30–150) min.; p < 0.05). Conclusions: Patients who experience persistent symptoms after COVID-19 may still demonstrate a significantly decreased walking time six months after the onset of symptoms. More research is needed to investigate long-term consequences and possible treatment options to guide patients during the recovery fromCOVID-19. View Full-Text
Keywords: Corona; exercise; persistent symptoms; physical activity Corona; exercise; persistent symptoms; physical activity
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Delbressine, J.M.; Machado, F.V.C.; Goërtz, Y.M.J.; Van Herck, M.; Meys, R.; Houben-Wilke, S.; Burtin, C.; Franssen, F.M.E.; Spies, Y.; Vijlbrief, H.; van ’t Hul, A.J.; Janssen, D.J.A.; Spruit, M.A.; Vaes, A.W. The Impact of Post-COVID-19 Syndrome on Self-Reported Physical Activity. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 6017. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18116017

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Delbressine JM, Machado FVC, Goërtz YMJ, Van Herck M, Meys R, Houben-Wilke S, Burtin C, Franssen FME, Spies Y, Vijlbrief H, van ’t Hul AJ, Janssen DJA, Spruit MA, Vaes AW. The Impact of Post-COVID-19 Syndrome on Self-Reported Physical Activity. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(11):6017. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18116017

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Delbressine, Jeannet M., Felipe V.C. Machado, Yvonne M.J. Goërtz, Maarten Van Herck, Roy Meys, Sarah Houben-Wilke, Chris Burtin, Frits M.E. Franssen, Yvonne Spies, Herman Vijlbrief, Alex J. van ’t Hul, Daisy J.A. Janssen, Martijn A. Spruit, and Anouk W. Vaes 2021. "The Impact of Post-COVID-19 Syndrome on Self-Reported Physical Activity" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 11: 6017. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18116017

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