COVID-19 Outbreak Negatively Impacted Nigerian Secondary School Students Lifestyles
Author(s): Ochilbek Rakhmanov, Yerkin Shaimerdenov, Onur Nacakgedigi and Senol Dane*
Introduction: COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown period may have serious negative effects on education in secondary schools. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on lifestyles of Nigerian secondary school students. Materials and Method: 135 senior and 152 junior secondary school students were included in the study. Data was collected by using a survey about their lifestyle changes during COVID-19 pandemic. Results: Nigerian secondary school students reported a decrease in their duration of study and interaction, an increase in duration of internet use and both on-and off-line games during the pandemic lockdown. Also, they reported an increase in their duration of exercise and a decrease in their duration of sport. Additionally, students reported an increase in their both duration of sleeping and in their body weights. Conclusion: There are some negative lifestyle changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The long-period lockdown may be harmful on the lifestyles of students. Governments should take into consideration the scientific reports.