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Association of SARS-CoV-2 infection with physical activity domains and types

Sapris-Sero Study Group
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Lockdown imposed in the early phase of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak represented a specific setting where activity was restricted but still possible. The aim was to investigate the cross-sectional associations between physical activity (PA) and SARS-CoV-2 infection in a French population-based cohort. Participants completed a PA questionnaire. PA was classified into: ( i ) total PA; ( ii ) aerobic PA by intensity; ( iii ) strengthening PA; ( iv ) PA by domain and type; and ( vii ) by location. Sedentary time was also recorded. Seroprevalence of anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies was assessed. Multivariable logistic regression models controlling for sociodemographic, lifestyle, anthropometric data, health status, and adherence to recommended protective anti-SARS-CoV-2 behaviours were computed. From 22,165 participants included, 21,074 (95.1%) and 1091 (4.9%) had a negative and positive ELISA-S test result, respectively. Total PA, vigorous PA, leisure-time PA, household PA, outdoor PA and indoor PA were all associated with lower probability of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Observations made in such a setting shed light on PA possibilities in a context of restricted mobility, where the health benefits of PA should not be overlooked. Along with already well-established benefits of PA for non-communicable disease prevention, these findings provide additional evidence for policies promoting all types of PA as a lever for population health.
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hal-04281493 , version 1 (13-11-2023)



Jérémy Vanhelst, Bernard Srour, Laurent Bourhis, Hélène Charreire, Charlotte Mélanie Verdotdeschasaux-Tanguy, et al.. Association of SARS-CoV-2 infection with physical activity domains and types. Scientific Reports, 2023, 13 (1), pp.19187. ⟨10.1038/s41598-023-46162-4⟩. ⟨hal-04281493⟩
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