Eight months after phrases such as “stay at home,” “flatten the curve” and “social distancing” started to become part of our daily vocabulary, people are experiencing a type of burnout experts call COVID-19 fatigue.
“By this point, we know people are tired — tired of missing family and friends, tired of not having a routine, of not going into the office,” said Jeanne Marrazzo, M.D., director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Division of Infectious Diseases. “Whatever disruptions to a person’s normal life have occurred, there is no denying the mental, physical and emotional toll people are experiencing. What we’ve learned — and what we keep learning — is how to combat burnout in safe ways that minimize the spread of the virus and enable us to feel some sense of normalcy.”
Figuring out how to safely navigate the new normal is more important than ever, explain UAB experts, particularly heading into more vulnerable and trying winter months that present unique challenges.
Source: University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA, 6 November 2020