Be wary of COVID fatigue

Health Care providers are seeing an increase in people who are feeling defeated, burned out, and engaging in risky behaviors that can increase the spread of the coronavirus

LA CROSSE, Wis (WKBT) – The Coronavirus pandemic has been happening for about eight months and some health officials are concerned about possible fatigue from dealing with the Pandemic.

Compounded stress and exhaustion from worrying about the coronavirus is leading to “COVID Fatigue”.

Health Care providers are seeing an increase in people who are feeling defeated, burned out, and engaging in risky behaviors that can increase the spread of the coronavirus.

People are also reporting higher levels of depression, anxiety, and alcohol and drug dependency as the pandemic continues to persist.

“COVID fatigue is a shorthand way of saying that we are not meant to deal with chronic stress in this way. And as a result of the pandemic persisting, and all the various life changes and challenges, people are feeling exhaustion,” said Dr. Shilagh Mirgain, a psychologist at UW Health.

To avoid this fatigue you can use some coping mechanisms like planning a physical activity that gets you away from your desk or couch and gets your blood flowing.