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Impact of Lockdown due to COVID-19 Outbreak : Lifestyle Changes and Public Health Concerns in India

Version 1 : Received: 9 June 2020 / Approved: 10 June 2020 / Online: 10 June 2020 (09:22:11 CEST)

How to cite: Narayanan, L.; Pandit, M.; Basu, S.; Karmakar, A.; Bidhan, V.; Kumar, H.; Brar, K. Impact of Lockdown due to COVID-19 Outbreak : Lifestyle Changes and Public Health Concerns in India . Preprints 2020, 2020060129 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202006.0129.v1). Narayanan, L.; Pandit, M.; Basu, S.; Karmakar, A.; Bidhan, V.; Kumar, H.; Brar, K. Impact of Lockdown due to COVID-19 Outbreak : Lifestyle Changes and Public Health Concerns in India . Preprints 2020, 2020060129 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202006.0129.v1).

Abstract

The emergence of COVID -19 pandemic has severely impacted individuals from all walks of life. The rapid spread of the disease to nearly all parts of the country has posed enormous health, economic, environmental and social challenges to the entire human population. In the absence of any effective drugs and vaccines for treatment, social distancing and other preventive measures are the only alternatives. Lockdown is among one of the options suggested by WHO to reduce spread of the virus. India was quick to close its international borders and enforce the world’s largest COVID lockdown on March 22, 2020. The present study attempts to highlight the impact of imposed nationwide lockdown on society and environment alike along with analysis of lifestyle changes. The study was based on an online survey using a structured questionnaire with over 1000 responders across the country. The pandemic situation demands a certain way of shaping the society to reduce virus spread and safeguard oneself. In this study, we analysed the changes that the society has undergone during lockdown to mitigate the spreading of the infection. We also addressed the changes that have become part of our lives during lockdown – hygiene and health consciousness, work from home (WFM), online teaching, digital shopping, changing internet habits and societal changes.

Subject Areas

COVID-19; Pandemic; Lockdown; Lifestyle changes; Public Health; Society

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