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Title: The COVID-19 Pandemic Strain: Teleworking and Health Behavior Changes in the Portuguese Context
Authors: Forte, Teresa 
Santinha, Gonçalo
Carvalho, Sérgio A. 
Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-Cov-2; Coronavirus; Health policies; Physical exercise; Teleworking
Issue Date: 3-Sep-2021
Publisher: MDPI
Project: UIDB/04058/2020 
UIDP/04058/2020 
Serial title, monograph or event: Healthcare (Switzerland)
Volume: 9
Issue: 9
Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a societal essay, based on thorough measures of individual and communitarian protection, ranging from compulsory social distancing to quarantine. Following WHO recommendations, more or less strict policies were adopted by governments worldwide in order to mitigate public health risks. In Portugal, the first state of emergency was declared on 18 March 2020 and renewed until 2 May 2020. During this time, most citizens stayed in quarantine with practical implications regarding their work and daily activities. This exploratory study, conducted within the pandemic crisis context in Portugal, intends to grasp specificities of the adaptation to the lock down and social isolation/distancing measures, concerning, specifically, teleworking conditions and physical activity practice. Data was collected from March to May 2020 through an online survey from 1148 participants of different age groups and literacy. Considering that COVID-19 features a mutual feedback loop of disease and social dynamics-governmental measures, civic adjustments, and individual coping-to know more about what was featured, the first wave may provide some cues to ensure a more efficient co-operation among social actors and, ultimately, tailor better public policies towards teleworking, online distance learning, and the promotion of healthy behaviours.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/95928
ISSN: 2227-9032
DOI: 10.3390/healthcare9091151
Rights: openAccess
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