This review highlights the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic will have a massive effect not only in the health and participation of those directly affected by it, but also an indirect effect due to decreased PA levels. This may have a long-term impact in terms of the prevalence and severity of musculoskeletal and cardiovascular disease, with a corresponding burden on healthcare systems.
Therefore, as highlighted by the authors, it is crucial that governments take steps to implement conditions for safe PA in order to prevent these negative effects. At a smaller scale, each one of us should also aim to be agents of promotion of safe PA within our social circles. For further details about the findings of this review, the full text is free to access at BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine.