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EuropePMC; 2021.
Preprint in English | EuropePMC | ID: ppcovidwho-310153


Background: COVID-19 is a pandemic that ravaged the world in manners that were never seen in the recent past and one of the measures to stem the tide-off this ravaging pandemic is a stay-at-home order referred to as lockdown. This study compares the physical activity status and perceived health of Nigerians before and during the lockdown. Results: Social media platform users (n = 205) were surveyed using a two-part questionnaire. The 1 st part elicited the socio-demographic characteristics of the subject. In the 2 nd part, information about their exercise and physical activity, general health, and economic palliatives as offered by the government, non-governmental organizations, and philanthropists were elicited. The frequency of exercise was significantly more (p < 0.05) during the lockdown than before the lockdown. The duration and intensity of the exercise per week were comparable. There was also a negative relationship between the Body Mass Index, frequency, and duration of exercise before and during the lockdown. The subjects also perceived their health as worse during (3.70 ± 1.05) the lockdown than before (3.95 ± 0.97) lockdown (Z = -3.69, p = 0.00). Conclusion: Overall, for these cohorts of social media platform users, lockdown did not adversely affect their exercise routine. It is recommended that there should be specific admonition on exercise as an important Instrumental Activity of Daily Living (IADL). Therefore, while this pandemic lockdown lasts and beyond, the safety measures to follow while partaking in this IADL, should be included in the public health recommendation.