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Urban Parks as Green Buffers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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College of Landscape Architecture, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu 611130, China
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Graduate School of Horticulture, Chiba University, Chiba 271-8510, Japan
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Sustainability 2020, 12(17), 6751; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176751
Received: 26 July 2020 / Revised: 16 August 2020 / Accepted: 17 August 2020 / Published: 20 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Public Health and Social Science on COVID-19)
In many parts of the world, concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and city quarantine policy have led to a general decline in the physical and mental health of residents due to insufficient social interaction. These adverse effects can cause potential public health risks. Ways to alleviate the adverse impact of the pandemic and meet social interaction needs must be widely addressed. This survey was conducted from 1–5 April 2020; it collected 386 responses from residents of Chengdu, China, during the pandemic based on an online survey questionnaire. The results indicate that most of the residents believe their health status is poor, and that they do not experience adequate social contact with others. Most of the respondents indicated no difference in mental health, while a few reported differences in their physical health and social interaction levels. Visiting urban parks can significantly improve overall health and assist in meeting individuals’ social interaction needs. Although residents have reduced the frequency of visits during the pandemic, even once a week can be beneficial. This paper emphasizes the critical role of urban parks during the pandemic period from the perspective of the urban building environment. The conclusion affirms that urban parks and large outdoor, open spaces can provide residents with a place for safe outdoor activities and social interaction in a green environment during a pandemic, as well as serve as a buffer area to maintain favorable health and quality of life. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; pandemic; quarantine; health; urban parks; green buffer COVID-19; pandemic; quarantine; health; urban parks; green buffer
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Xie, J.; Luo, S.; Furuya, K.; Sun, D. Urban Parks as Green Buffers During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Sustainability 2020, 12, 6751. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176751

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Xie J, Luo S, Furuya K, Sun D. Urban Parks as Green Buffers During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Sustainability. 2020; 12(17):6751. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176751

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Xie, Jing; Luo, Shixian; Furuya, Katsunori; Sun, Dajiang. 2020. "Urban Parks as Green Buffers During the COVID-19 Pandemic" Sustainability 12, no. 17: 6751. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176751

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