Pandemic Fatigue- What is it?

PANDEMIC FATIGUE—what is it?????

The following press release is from the Bates County Health center in Butler

“Pandemic fatigue” can occur when people get tired of the pandemic measures and become less likely to follow public health practices or simply begin to drown out those messages. A natural sense of burnout can happen since we’ve had to stick to these public health measures for such a prolonged period of time. Pandemic fatigue can be experienced differently for everyone but often presents itself as feeling restless, irritable, lacking motivation, difficulty concentrating on tasks as well as overall exhaustion in front line workers.

So how do we overcome pandemic fatigue?

  • Remember that our actions impact a greater number of people than just ourselves and our immediate social circles.
  • Realize that each interaction can have a ripple effect to spread the virus.
  • Choose activities/locations that will make it easy for you to continue to follow public health guidelines.
  • Practice self-compassion, it’s okay not to be okay.
  • Reach out for support if you become overwhelmed.
  • And most of all, remember to be KIND—none of us asked to be in this pandemic situation and it has put a strain on each and every one of us in our community in some way.

We understand that wearing a face covering can be uncomfortable and often inconvenient. We recognize that not everyone is able to wear a face covering for specific reasons. We realize you’ve probably washed your hands more times in the last several months than possibly in your entire life! We know you are tired of hearing the words “social distancing”.  With that said, we also know these public health guidelines have and will continue to make a difference in the fight to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.