publication . Article . 2021

Vitamin Nature: How Coronavirus Disease 2019 Has Highlighted Factors Contributing to the Frequency of Nature Visits in Flanders, Belgium

Lenaerts, Aline; Heyman, Sofie; De Decker, Annelies; Lauwers, Laura; Sterckx, Ann; Remmen, Roy; Bastiaens, Hilde; Keune, Hans;
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  • Published: 01 May 2021 Journal: Frontiers in Public Health, volume 9 (issn: 2296-2565, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
  • Country: Belgium
Abstract
Abstract: Visiting nature is positively associated with physical and mental well-being. The role of nature became more pronounced during the coronavirus outbreak in the spring of 2020. Countries all over the world implemented confinement measures to reduce the transmission of the virus. These included but were not limited to the cancelation of public events, schools, and non-essential businesses and the prohibition of non-essential travels. However, going outside to exercise was recommended by the Belgian government. During this period, we conducted an online survey to determine if people visit nature more frequently than before and to identify the factors that ...
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free text keywords: COVID-19, confinement measures, green space, nature, ecosystem service, citizen perceptions, Public aspects of medicine, RA1-1270, Public Health, Original Research, Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health, Human medicine
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