Experts say that the current surge in COVID-19 cases is due to pandemic fatigue and predict things could get worse if Americans continue to drop their guard. Healthcare officials are concerned that people are becoming tired of following the restrictions and precautions needed to contain the pandemic. Statistics show that more people are returning to pre-pandemic activities, even as experts warn us to remain vigilant.
According to Yahoo!finance, Dr. Geeta Nayyar, a nationally recognized leader in healthcare information technology said, “The doctors are tired. The nurses are tired. We’re all tired. I think it’s completely OK to recognize and acknowledge that. That said, this is the last inning of the game. This is the time when you run that last mile with all your adrenaline, heads down and focused on getting to the end.”
Nayyar compared enduring the coronavirus pandemic to playing team sports where all the players count on each other to win.
“Your coaches are your doctors,’ she said. “Lean on them if you have a question.”
The expert urged all Americans to continue playing the game by the rules of wearing masks, social distancing, and washing hands to win this match.
“It’s the least we can do this holiday season so we can all celebrate next year.” Nayyar pointed out that, as a country, we have not observed safe behavior and rising COVID-19 statistics over recent holidays prove her point.
“It’s completely up to us what happens between now and the end of the year,” she told Yahoo!. “That said, historically, as a country we have not done well.” Nayyar said that with effective vaccines on the way, Americans should be encouraged and keep their heads down to get to the end of the game.
According to psychologist Justin Ross, of the University of Colorado Health Integrative Medicine Center, if pandemic fatigue is causing anxiety and depression, it’s important to take time for yourself and replenish and restore your physical and mental energy.
“Take a walk. Take a bath. Read a book,” he says. “Do things that are deliberately calming.” Ross offers more tips on dealing with pandemic fatigue such as meditating and engaging in physical activities that help you focus on something other than the pandemic and its restrictions.
As cases soar, and hospitalizations continue to rise, public health officials say we should stay focused on playing fair and abiding by the preventive guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect ourselves against COVID-19.
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