PONTO DE VISTA
Should Physical Activity Be Considered Essential During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Francisco José Gondim Pitanga
Carmem Cristina Beck
Cristiano Penas Seara Pitanga
Dr. Francisco José Gondim Pitanga
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, considered a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO),1 which until April 13, 2020, had 1,776,867 confirmed cases with 111,828 deaths worldwide, led the Ministry of Health of Brazil2 to prepare a manual with several actions to prevent the spread of the disease. Among these actions, social distancing is recommended, instructing people to remain at home. In addition, many heads of state and municipal executive power across Brazil have issued decrees proposing the closure of several spaces, including gyms, clinics, clubs, and other public and private spaces for physical activity. These actions caused the Brazilian population to have difficulties to continue the practice of physical activity.
Keywords: Pandemics; Coronavirus; COVID-19; Physical Activity; Exercise; Sedentarism; Leisure Activities; Psychological Phenomena.