Welcome to F! We're looking at – PANDEMIC FATIGUE.
Are you tired of wearing a face mask and staying six feet apart from everyone? Are you tired of working from home while also home-schooling your kids? How can you possibly get everything done without help and/or more hours in the day? You can't.
We're approximately on day 400 of “15 days to flatten the curve”. Somewhere in those 400 days, the goalpost was moved from “flatten the curve” to “eliminate the curve”. This is a good goal, but out of reach. Humans simply can't live like this for more than a year.
Once it became apparent – back around I would say the four-month mark [end of July] – that masks and social distancing and closing the majority of businesses and most of society wasn't providing the desired solution, we should have moved to a different plan. But we're still being told, 400 days later, that “we're all in this together” and to “just hold on for a few more weeks” and the nauseating “we can do this”.
No, we can't. Lives and livelihoods have been destroyed. Our physical health is suffering. Our mental health is suffering. Recent reports state that more people are dying from inactivity and from suicide than from COVID. Despite trying their best to do schoolwork from a screen, most kids have lost an entire year of learning.
We need to change what we're doing. It isn't working. I will gladly continue to wear a mask, wash my hands until they're raw, and stay six feet apart from everyone IF BUSINESSES AND SOCIETY ARE OPEN. Give us back what's left of our mental health, our physical health, our lives and livelihoods. Treat us like adults and let us decide for ourselves how to act. That's what freedom means.
Here are two good links about pandemic fatigue
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.
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