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The ongoing challenge of pandemic fatigue is hitting people hard

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Months of rapidly changing public health guidelines have worn people out, but vaccine distributions have brought some hope of a brighter future.

Pandemic fatigue also can make people feel isolated, which is how Sarah Tallent, a pediatric critical care nurse practitioner in North Carolina, felt after giving birth in July.

Pandemic fatigue happens when people are asked to make behavior changes over a long period of time, which is much harder than short-term changes, said Dr. Itai Danovitch, chair of the department of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

One hundred years ago, people were "married by the time they're in their late teens, maybe early 20s, and having children of their own and doing adult work," Arnett said.

In the case of the virus, Arnett said, young people might not be thinking how their actions could make others ill.

Others are hoping herd immunity ends Covid-19, but no one knows exactly how many people would need to be immune to the virus, said Dr. Leana Wen, CNN medical analyst, in an earlier story.

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