Dealing With Pandemic Fatigue


Welcome

COVID fatigue: it has become a popular term. Or perhaps more precisely pandemic fatigue. It does not refer to the physical symptom associated with the novel coronavirus that drains the infected of all energy but to the effect of the long stretch of dealing with quarantine and new ways of interacting (or not).

People have become fed-up with staying home, social distancing, living in bubbles, not shaking hands, not hugging, the list goes on. Frustrating though that may be, it is not an excuse to abandon the required precautions. Health authorities are in a sticky position. After several months of outright confinement, they are now dipping a toe in the water of reopening. Allowing businesses to start up again, restaurants, and bars getting back to work, albeit under strict restrictions. When it was a black and white situation, and all these businesses were closed, it was easy to convince people to stay home. There was nowhere to go.

When it was a black and white situation, and all these businesses were closed, it was easy to convince people to stay home. There was nowhere to go

For some people, the attempt to reopen is an unwise choice. For others, it is a welcomed relief. As was predicted, this reopening of society has resulted in a rise in daily new COVID-19 cases, certainly not numbers like we saw in April, but an increase over June, and not enough to be considered a second wave of the virus. Fortunately, the number of fatalities has dropped significantly. Is the virus losing its mojo? Or are the current infected younger, and more capable of fighting COVID-19?

Regardless, the system seems to be working. And therein lies the potential for disaster. Things are getting better, but only because we are adhering to the regulations. It sometimes appears to be a mixed message that the government is sending: go out, spend money, but do so responsibly.

Dummies

This ‘new normal’ that we are experiencing may well be around long enough to be considered just good old normal. It may be years before the call to wear masks is rescinded.

In the meantime keep those masks on and distances observed and fingers crossed

The next big test will come in late August when things tend to get back to the bustle of normal life. Schools open, summer vacations are over, and daily activities resume. But will that be the case this year? Already local universities have stated they will be offering classes only online until at least January. Will the reopening of elementary and high schools cause a spike in cases that will force a hasty rethinking of the process? As I’ve said all along, only time will tell, there is no owner’s manual for this thing, no COVID-19 For Dummies.

TheLesson
I felt it was my duty to provide this poor student with a mask!

 

In the meantime keep those masks on and distances observed and fingers crossed.

Published by DCMontreal

DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

2 thoughts on “Dealing With Pandemic Fatigue

  1. Loved the photo…totally agree with the sentiments. You go, guy! Lin

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  2. I’ve been wondering if this will end in our lifetimes too. I don’t know what to believe about the vaccine, either. Maybe they are making real progress … but maybe it’s another government lie.

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