During the Covid-19 epidemic, some employees did not leave their office. According to a study published in the Journal of Occupational Health, workers who had to sit for long periods of time reported a deterioration in their performance at work.
To arrive at these results, the scientists analyzed data from 14,648 workers in Japan. In total, 15% said that the changes linked to the Covid-19 pandemic in their work environment had directly negatively impacted their performance in their professional activity. Conversely, 4% said that it had improved their performance at work and 81% said that it had not caused any change.
Although telecommuting both improved and worsened performance, sitting for long periods of time was only associated with degraded performance. “The COVID-19 pandemic has given us the opportunity to reconsider the traditional working style. As our article suggested, we should avoid long sitting time to maintain performance, ”said senior author Kenta Wakaizumi from Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo.
Last April, a previous study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine revealed that sedentary people with Covid-19 would be more than twice as likely to be hospitalized than the most active. In addition, sedentary people are 73% more likely to need resuscitation and 2.5 times more likely to die from the infection. Hence the importance of continuing to maintain a regular activity.