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| Published: June 25, 2020

Impact of lockdown due to COVID-19 outbreak: lifestyle changes and public health concerns in India

Subhro Basu

Department of Biochemistry, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India Google Scholar More about the auther

, Arijeet Karmakar

Department of Biochemistry, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India Google Scholar More about the auther

, Vanshika Bidhan

Department of Biochemistry, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India Google Scholar More about the auther

, Hrithik Kumar

Department of Biochemistry, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India Google Scholar More about the auther

, Kousheen Brar

Department of Biochemistry, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India Google Scholar More about the auther

, Mansi Pandit

DBT-BTISNET Bioinformatics Center, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India Google Scholar More about the auther

, N.Latha

Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Coordinator DBT-BTISNET Bioinformatics Center, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, India Google Scholar More about the auther

DIP: 18.01.159/20200802

DOI: 10.25215/0802.159

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 World Health Organisation (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, online teaching, digital shopping, changing internet habits and societal changes.

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ISSN 2349-3429

18.01.159/20200802

10.25215/0802.159

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Published in   Volume 08, Issue 2, April- June, 2020