Impact of covid-19 lockdown on sun exposure of uk office workers

Katarzyna Anna Baczynska*, Rebecca J. Rendell, Marina Khazova

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The impact of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic in April–June 2020 on UV exposure of office workers was assessed using an online survey on time spent outdoors and environmental data for different locations in the UK. Without the need for commuting and with the flexibility of homeworking, weekday time spent outdoors was higher in the 2020 lockdown than in the same period in 2017. The weekday erythema effective radiant exposure was higher in 2020 due to an additional 45 min outdoors in the late afternoon that was not observed in 2017 and high UV levels due to extremely sunny weather in spring. The lockdown did not impact the frequency of time spent outdoors around midday, which was still governed by work commitments, and at the weekends, no difference between 2020 and 2017 was observed. In 2020, responders felt that time outdoors was very important for their health and well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4362
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2021

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Funding Information: This research received no external funding.

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Citation: Baczynska, K.A.; Rendell, R.J.; Khazova, M. Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown on Sun Exposure of UK Office Workers. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 4362.



  • Office workers
  • Sun exposure
  • UV exposure
  • UV radiation


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