The COVID-19-PAWS project


About this study

The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the physical activity habits and well-being of the general public.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak was officially declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020 by the World Health Organization (WHO). Since then, many countries have introduced 'Social Distancing' guidelines/rules as a means of helping to stop the spread of the virus. Due to the ‘Social Distancing’ guidelines, the general population may be experiencing more sedentary behaviors and physical inactivity. Sedentary behaviors and physical inactivity are both well-known modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality. Thus, although Social Distancing is a necessary measure to prevent community transmission of COVID-19, we believe that a prolonged period of sedentariness may have unintended, longer-term impacts on public health and well-being in the future; health issues such as increased risk of chronic diseases that may persist well-beyond the duration of this pandemic. Therefore, it is important to determine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sedentary behaviors, physical activity levels and well-being of the general public in the United States, and worldwide. 

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Participants must be ≥ 18 years old.
  • Participats must be proficient in English.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Minors may not participate (under 18 years of age).


Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Bruce Johnson, Ph.D.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Troy Cross Ph.D.

(507) 293-1338

Scottsdale/Phoenix, Ariz.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Bruce Johnson, Ph.D.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Briana Ziegler

(507) 255-7125

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