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Effects of COVID-19 in Endocrine Patients: Results of a Sicilian Experience

Version 1 : Received: 31 July 2020 / Approved: 2 August 2020 / Online: 2 August 2020 (15:32:38 CEST)

How to cite: Morini, E.; Palmeri, R.; Maresca, G.; Bonanno, L.; De Cola, M.C.; Andaloro, A.; Caliri, S.; Bramanti, P.; Corallo, F. Effects of COVID-19 in Endocrine Patients: Results of a Sicilian Experience. Preprints 2020, 2020080041 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202008.0041.v1). Morini, E.; Palmeri, R.; Maresca, G.; Bonanno, L.; De Cola, M.C.; Andaloro, A.; Caliri, S.; Bramanti, P.; Corallo, F. Effects of COVID-19 in Endocrine Patients: Results of a Sicilian Experience. Preprints 2020, 2020080041 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202008.0041.v1).

Abstract

In March 2020 the World Health Organization declared the “pandemic state” due to COVID-19 imposing strict confinement of the world population. People were forced to spend more time at home, changing some daily routines, including social interactions, the possibility to perform sports, and diet habits. These changes could exert a greater impact on patients suffering from chronic diseases, such as endocrine patients. This study aimed to assess the effects of Covid-19 induced quarantine on daily habits in a group of patients with endocrine disorders, focusing on food consumption, eating, and sleep habits during the confinement. Eighty-five endocrine patients were enrolled. A structured interview was administered investigating: socio-demographic information, general medical conditions and habits adopted during the quarantine. All patients underwent the Spielberger State Anxiety Inventory (STAI-Y1) to assess state anxiety. Subjects had mainly a sedentary lifestyle. We found a significant increase in the number of cigarettes in smokers, an increase of meals consumed during the confinement and a high rate of sleep disorder occurrence, especially insomnia. The changes of daily habits were, probably, due to the alterations of routine, that determined more bore and inactivity during the day.

Subject Areas

COVID-19; Lockdown; endocrine diseases; daily habits; food consumption; sleep disorders; anxiety

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