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Two Years Later, What Do We Know About Pandemic Burnout And Fatigue?

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Looking back at March 2020 comes with a certain twinge for most, if not all, of us. The world as we knew it changed in what felt like a blink of an eye, and so many of us went from in-person office settings, drinks with friends after work, and business jackets, to working from the couch, constantly wearing sweatpants, and only seeing our friends via FaceTime. What many thought would be a two week lockdown has turned into a pandemic two years in the making, and with variants and surges, COVID-19 doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere.

Some would tell you that working from home felt like a dream at first — watching “Tiger King,” making sourdough, and rolling out of bed to put on a fresh set of pajamas for work felt like our childhood manifestations coming true. But when we hit the six month mark, then a year, then a year and a half, and now two — we’re all feeling the pandemic take its toll. Scientists and researchers alike now have an understanding of pandemic burnout and fatigue, and to say that it’s rampant among people of all genders, ages, and socio-economic statuses is an understatement. Here’s what we know, and what you can do to take care of yourself amid an ongoing pandemic.

Don’t let the doubters fool you — COVID fatigue is real

If you’ve ever been told by a spouse, friend, coworker, or boss that COVID fatigue isn’t real, promptly tell them they’re wrong. Pandemic fatigue is 100% a hurdle that we’re all facing. If you don’t want to take our word for it, how about the World Health Organization’s? Per Healthline, the WHO categorizes pandemic fatigue as a feeling of “demotivated” energy and overwhelming exhaustion. The organization also emphasized that feeling fatigued due to the pandemic is “completely natural.” As they described it, our instincts of survival came to the forefront when the pandemic started, as we were all facing unpredictable circumstances. But as the pandemic has continued to drag on, our ability to relax amid an instinctual fight or flight response has waned, causing many of us to feel drained.


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