Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2023, Vol. 78 ›› Issue (4): 1028-1043.doi: 10.11821/dlxb202304016

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Spatio-temporal behavior analysis of daily life of discharged COVID-19 patients in early 2020

CHEN Jie1(), ZHOU Yingfei1,3, YIN Ling2(), LI Ye2, MIAO Fen2, PEI Tao1, LIU Kang2, REN Qianru2,3, LI Xuan2,3, ZHANG Hao2,3, LI Ziyin2,3, XI Guikai2,3   

  1. 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    2. Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology, CAS, Shenzhen 518055, Guangdong, China
    3. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
  • Received:2022-05-30 Revised:2023-01-12 Online:2023-04-25 Published:2023-06-25
  • Contact: YIN Ling;
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(42271475);Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences(XDB38060100)


The COVID-19 patients have exceeded 6% of the world's population. How the COVID-19 infection experience affects the daily life of discharged patients has become a great concern in China and around the world. Focusing on the COVID-19 outbreak period in Wuhan, this study investigated the spatio-temporal behaviors of daily life of COVID-19 patients before infection and after discharge by means of paper questionnaires and telephone interviews. It was found that 6 months after discharge, the daily life of patients was characterized by longer sleep time throughout the day, mingled activities in daytime and more active leisure in evening leisure time. The main spatio-temporal behaviors of patients before and after the infection changed from going out for work to going out for work, from going out for work to mixed leisure, personal affairs and housework at home, and from leisure at home to mixed leisure, personal affairs and housework at home. Based on time geography theory, it was concluded that the changes of patients' spatio-temporal behaviors after discharge were caused by the capability constraints related to patients' physical and economic conditions, the coupling constraints of their life styles and required resources, and the authority constraints from policy regulations and public opinions. Further exploration of pathogenesis, good rehabilitation plan, and improvement of social recognition are essential to the physical and mental recovery of patients. These findings can provide scientific evidence for life quality evaluation of patients under major public health emergencies and public health policy formulation, and provide reference for enriching behavioral geography in spatio-temporal behavior research for special events, special groups and special periods.

Key words: COVID-19, patient, daily life, spatio-temporal behavior, time geography, Wuhan