Caution Fatigue During the COVID-19 Pandemic

What is caution fatigue?

After months of taking precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic, many have grown weary of the limits placed on activities and the extra steps to take. Social distancing, quarantines, frequent handwashing, wearing masks, disinfecting surfaces, not touching your face—it all takes extra effort, and they can be hard to sustain for months on end. After a while, it can start to feel like too much. Mental health experts have come up with a name for this, caution
fatigue. Caution fatigue is what happens when the energy that keeps you alert to danger starts to run down and your sensitivity to risk starts to lessen. You might find yourself washing your hands less often, forgetting your mask when you go outside, or socializing in risky ways.

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