What is the pandemic fatigue, or fatigue from Covid-19? The WHO guidelines

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 What is the pandemic fatigue, or fatigue from Covid-19? The WHO guidelines


For eight months, Europe has been struggling with the coronavirus and now the population, in some cases up to 60% of respondents according to estimates of the World Health Organization, is experiencing a feeling of exhaustion that risks making it less attentive to compliance with the rules. This correlation between fatigue from a dragging pandemic and less respect for the rules was also highlighted by the polls of Economist and of YouGov.

It is the so-called pandemic fatigue, which for the WHO is a natural reaction to a pandemic that has lasted for a long time and whose end cannot be seen. It “occurs when patients, but also health facilities and political decision makers lose energy, become immobilized”, explained virologist Ilaria Capua in an interview with Corriere della Sera. “The antidote is to focus on the really urgent and necessary issues and leave the rest a little lost.”

Therefore the new WHO document, commissioned by the member states of the European Union, presents new guidelines to renew the population’s attention to compliance with anti-Covid safety regulations.

“Fatigue due to the pandemic is a predictable and natural response to a prolonged state of public health crisis”, it reads, “especially because the severity and scale of the Covid-19 epidemic required the implementation of invasive measures with an unprecedented impact on everyone’s daily life, including those who have not been directly affected by the virus “.

“The polls confirm that the majority of the population supports the national responses to Covid-19”, the WHO continues, “which is remarkable after almost a year of lockdowns and restrictions”, but among the dangers of this phenomenon, the sense of loss of confidence in anti-Covid measures and the consequent thought that they are too high a cost to pay compared to the risk of getting sick.

Within the WHO document, among the councils there is one aimed at governments: strive to understand citizens more, to avoid generating anger and frustration. To this they add respect for the need for clarity and the ability to take simple but incisive measures, which allow you to live your life safely.

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