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      Effect of lockdown on activities of daily living in built environment and well-being

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          In an effort to arrest the spread of COVID-19 infection, a nation-wide lockdown was declared in India in March 2020. To assess how personal built environment affected the citizens in the first few weeks, an explorative online survey was conducted, eliciting responses about the work habits before the lockdown, the psychological well-being, time spent in various activities, characteristics of those who worked from home and sleep patterns. The major difference entailed by thelockdown was a reduction of time and distance to go to their workplace, which was an average of 8.9 km. In terms of diet, subjects who were vegetarian did not experience any difference, unlike those who were non-vegetarians, who reduced the intake of meat. Forced social isolation did not alter the television channels that were viewed. Among those who worked from home, most preferred to work from their bedroom. There was no change in the quality or quantity of sleep during the lockdown. This study in the early weeks of the lockdown documents the way in which individuals lived through it in terms of the built environment at home.

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          UCL Open: Environment Preprint
          UCL Press
          12 September 2020
          [1 ] Department of Architecture, Andhra University College of Engineering (Autonomous), Visakhapatnam, India
          [2 ] Department of General Medicine, Gayatri Vidya Parishad Institute of Healthcare & Medical Technology, Visakhapatnam
          [3 ] Department of Psychology and Parapsychology, Andhra University / Wellness Hub, Visakhapatnam, India
          [4 ] Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Vizianagaram, India
          [5 ] Endocrine and Diabetes Centre, Visakhapatnam, India

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          The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.

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          work from home, diet, sleep, stress, entertainment, television viewing, Built environment


          Decision date: 25/10/2020

          Handling Editor: Francesco Aletta

          The Handling Editor requested revisions; the article has been returned to the authors to make this revision.

          2020-11-10 11:27 UTC

          Date: 14/9/2020

          Handling Editor: Francesco Aletta

          The Article has been revised, this article remains a preprint article and peer-review has not been completed.

          2020-09-17 13:39 UTC
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