COVID Fatigue

Posted by Merry, Volunteer Mentor @merpreb, Sep 30 9:31am

I live in a college town on the ocean. My university and other schools in the area are reopening too. Unfortunately, so many people are just plain tired of wearing masks, especially college kids. I hear them for sure. When I went to college I knew everything, was immune to anything serious and I was out to conquer the world. I wasn't living in reality. College isn't the real world. It's a time for testing, experimenting and finding our limits.

But, of course, we are still in a pandemic, sharing the world with COVID-19. Now is not the time to be less caring or fatigued. Dr. Greg Poland discusses this in this weeks' podcast. He also expalins mutation in a way that I understand.

Have you felt this fatigue?

Absolutely. Quarantine for 7 months, and watching others ignore the simple things that could reduce the impact of Covid-19. The collateral issues of unemployment, business closings, lack of support by the government, health insurance losses, food insecurity, evictions on the horizon, topped off by the Presidential Debate brawl last evening…fatigue is sure and certain.

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@elwooodsdad

Absolutely. Quarantine for 7 months, and watching others ignore the simple things that could reduce the impact of Covid-19. The collateral issues of unemployment, business closings, lack of support by the government, health insurance losses, food insecurity, evictions on the horizon, topped off by the Presidential Debate brawl last evening…fatigue is sure and certain.

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It is hard. I get that. The COVID fatigue hasn't hit me as hard as it has hit other members of my family, like my mom who lives alone and my daughter. My daughter has been safely getting to know a new beau. They have been doing walks in the park and picnics. But for young adults, that's going to wear thin soon. And the weather will be less and less cooperative. We had a group chat safely distanced on the backyard deck yesterday to discuss how we can let young love burgeon and keep our families safe, including grandparents. Not an easy task. One thing that we all agreed upon was that we have to be open and honest about our activities, follow the safety protocols and isolate when necessary.

@merpreb, @elwooodsdad, How are you combatting this fatigue for yourself?

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This is a great discussion. I'm constantly reminding myself that it's still not safe to run around at will. Our numbers, including hospitalizations keep climbing as people suffer this fatigue. My poor car hardly knows me and has traveled less than 1000 miles in 5 months. I usually drive that much in 3 weeks! But every time I open a closet or drawer that's messy it gets a little cleaning. Now if a fairy would just come and do the sewing room for me…

At least we have created a circle that encompasses our kids and a few friends, even if it means wearing masks a lot.

We're busy trying to figure out with our best friends how we can safely gather this winter, we have been meetingon patiosallsummer. – the other 2 couples have very large great rooms, so we'll probably be in their homes occasionally.

My daughter and her family are trying to figure which of their many friends are as cautious as they are so they can get the kids together. Our grandsons have not been with other kids since February.

I saw my PCP yesterday and she said she's so tired of the tension and disruption she has a really hard time keeping going.

I feel the northern winter is going to be very hard on people here, especially our many struggling with paying rent and heating costs.

Sue

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@sueinmn

This is a great discussion. I'm constantly reminding myself that it's still not safe to run around at will. Our numbers, including hospitalizations keep climbing as people suffer this fatigue. My poor car hardly knows me and has traveled less than 1000 miles in 5 months. I usually drive that much in 3 weeks! But every time I open a closet or drawer that's messy it gets a little cleaning. Now if a fairy would just come and do the sewing room for me…

At least we have created a circle that encompasses our kids and a few friends, even if it means wearing masks a lot.

We're busy trying to figure out with our best friends how we can safely gather this winter, we have been meetingon patiosallsummer. – the other 2 couples have very large great rooms, so we'll probably be in their homes occasionally.

My daughter and her family are trying to figure which of their many friends are as cautious as they are so they can get the kids together. Our grandsons have not been with other kids since February.

I saw my PCP yesterday and she said she's so tired of the tension and disruption she has a really hard time keeping going.

I feel the northern winter is going to be very hard on people here, especially our many struggling with paying rent and heating costs.

Sue

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I too have extreme fatigue. I wish I knew how long this will last.

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@sueinmn. I live by myself which is hard even without covid. I feel so isolated even though I talk to my children online everyday. They find it hard too even though they have spouses and my son has a child. I talk to my friends regularly but it's nit the same as face to face interaction. My friend said she has been talking to her dog more than ever. We missed so many birthdays, anniversaries and holidays like Mother's Day etc. This time last year we were talking about Thanksgiving which we always get together at my daughter's home.

I do not have any family here in the US other than my children. I often thought I am depresses and perhaps it's covid fatigue? Or both? I go for walks to get out of the funk, but then I'm back to my four walls. I can only read that much,watch TV, follow exercises on YouTube. As I told my friends, it's like the movie Groundhog Day. You wake up in the morning and know it's going to be the same again.

My city is opening up parks, children can go to jungle gyms again. Schools are opened with great cautions. Today I took my neighbor to the opthomologist (she no longer drives) and she offered to buy me lunch, then we realized if our favorite restaurant is opened or not.

I'm finally feeling safe enough to catch up on doctor's appointments. Going to get my teeth cleaned Friday, no doubt I'll be sweating bullets until I'm done.

My daughter is coming back from their second home in Portland next month, we'll both quarantine ourselves for a couple of weeks, then she'll pick me up and take me to spend a week or so in her home. That's what I'm looking forward to.

Has anyone been losing weight during this time? My brother's doctor friend said he's seeing alot of patients with this issue. He said it's stress. Needless to say, I am not sleeping well either.

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@sueinmn

This is a great discussion. I'm constantly reminding myself that it's still not safe to run around at will. Our numbers, including hospitalizations keep climbing as people suffer this fatigue. My poor car hardly knows me and has traveled less than 1000 miles in 5 months. I usually drive that much in 3 weeks! But every time I open a closet or drawer that's messy it gets a little cleaning. Now if a fairy would just come and do the sewing room for me…

At least we have created a circle that encompasses our kids and a few friends, even if it means wearing masks a lot.

We're busy trying to figure out with our best friends how we can safely gather this winter, we have been meetingon patiosallsummer. – the other 2 couples have very large great rooms, so we'll probably be in their homes occasionally.

My daughter and her family are trying to figure which of their many friends are as cautious as they are so they can get the kids together. Our grandsons have not been with other kids since February.

I saw my PCP yesterday and she said she's so tired of the tension and disruption she has a really hard time keeping going.

I feel the northern winter is going to be very hard on people here, especially our many struggling with paying rent and heating costs.

Sue

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Where is "up North?"…hear in south-cent. Pa. we've had a couple of mild winters. My car, as well, only got1275 miles put on since beg. of April. Here, folks are definately letting their guard down, compared w/ June/July. We have a "steady" # of cases & deaths,per those keeping track of these grim statistics.When I see young adults, for instance. grouped closely together @ the drive-up ice cream shop, I want to remind them this is still very real.Your grandsons must be having to find more & more things to do around the house. Don't have any yet(grandkids) but almost 32 yr.old son is contemplating marriage in early spring(lives in Arizona so can't wait too long in the spring, as temps go up to 99-102 by then. Kathy

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@elwooodsdad

Absolutely. Quarantine for 7 months, and watching others ignore the simple things that could reduce the impact of Covid-19. The collateral issues of unemployment, business closings, lack of support by the government, health insurance losses, food insecurity, evictions on the horizon, topped off by the Presidential Debate brawl last evening…fatigue is sure and certain.

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@elwooodsdad– I hear you! I'm exhausted from even thinking about it all. It really is a lot to ask of us, to be up-beat and just roll with the punches. It's not me to do that. How are you dealing with it?

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@kmwiinikka

I too have extreme fatigue. I wish I knew how long this will last.

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@kmwiinikka– Welcome to Connect! I'm uncertain if I could handle any disappointments that the future holds. How have you been doing besides fatigue?

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@sueinmn

This is a great discussion. I'm constantly reminding myself that it's still not safe to run around at will. Our numbers, including hospitalizations keep climbing as people suffer this fatigue. My poor car hardly knows me and has traveled less than 1000 miles in 5 months. I usually drive that much in 3 weeks! But every time I open a closet or drawer that's messy it gets a little cleaning. Now if a fairy would just come and do the sewing room for me…

At least we have created a circle that encompasses our kids and a few friends, even if it means wearing masks a lot.

We're busy trying to figure out with our best friends how we can safely gather this winter, we have been meetingon patiosallsummer. – the other 2 couples have very large great rooms, so we'll probably be in their homes occasionally.

My daughter and her family are trying to figure which of their many friends are as cautious as they are so they can get the kids together. Our grandsons have not been with other kids since February.

I saw my PCP yesterday and she said she's so tired of the tension and disruption she has a really hard time keeping going.

I feel the northern winter is going to be very hard on people here, especially our many struggling with paying rent and heating costs.

Sue

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@sueinmn– Great points! One of the things that I have decided to do is to stop hiding as much. I finally had a dentist's appointment. A new dentist has taken over the practice that I go to and I really like him. He's redone the waiting room and has brought in really good abstract paintings. I agree that winter in New England is going to be tough. I fear too much rain as the weather has warmed throughout the years and we have less snow now. I love the snow. I'd rather be self-confined looking at snow then rivers of water coming down the hill in back of us. I'd rather be climbing the hill in the snow then seeing a waterfall. (exaggeration of course). When I go out now I see many sad eyes, stressed expressions, and people trying to have hope.

Merry

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@mayofeb2020

@sueinmn. I live by myself which is hard even without covid. I feel so isolated even though I talk to my children online everyday. They find it hard too even though they have spouses and my son has a child. I talk to my friends regularly but it's nit the same as face to face interaction. My friend said she has been talking to her dog more than ever. We missed so many birthdays, anniversaries and holidays like Mother's Day etc. This time last year we were talking about Thanksgiving which we always get together at my daughter's home.

I do not have any family here in the US other than my children. I often thought I am depresses and perhaps it's covid fatigue? Or both? I go for walks to get out of the funk, but then I'm back to my four walls. I can only read that much,watch TV, follow exercises on YouTube. As I told my friends, it's like the movie Groundhog Day. You wake up in the morning and know it's going to be the same again.

My city is opening up parks, children can go to jungle gyms again. Schools are opened with great cautions. Today I took my neighbor to the opthomologist (she no longer drives) and she offered to buy me lunch, then we realized if our favorite restaurant is opened or not.

I'm finally feeling safe enough to catch up on doctor's appointments. Going to get my teeth cleaned Friday, no doubt I'll be sweating bullets until I'm done.

My daughter is coming back from their second home in Portland next month, we'll both quarantine ourselves for a couple of weeks, then she'll pick me up and take me to spend a week or so in her home. That's what I'm looking forward to.

Has anyone been losing weight during this time? My brother's doctor friend said he's seeing alot of patients with this issue. He said it's stress. Needless to say, I am not sleeping well either.

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@mayofeb2020– Living alone has to be very tough. I think that those of us who have self-quarantined have had enough and are beginning to do what you are doing, getting out, and making sure to take precautions. How will you distance your self at your daughter's house?

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@colleenyoung

It is hard. I get that. The COVID fatigue hasn't hit me as hard as it has hit other members of my family, like my mom who lives alone and my daughter. My daughter has been safely getting to know a new beau. They have been doing walks in the park and picnics. But for young adults, that's going to wear thin soon. And the weather will be less and less cooperative. We had a group chat safely distanced on the backyard deck yesterday to discuss how we can let young love burgeon and keep our families safe, including grandparents. Not an easy task. One thing that we all agreed upon was that we have to be open and honest about our activities, follow the safety protocols and isolate when necessary.

@merpreb, @elwooodsdad, How are you combatting this fatigue for yourself?

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@colleenyoung– Boy do you have your hands and minds full ad worrisome with this new development! It's a struggle for sure right now to combat anything. I'm very tired in a sense but I might be getting my second wind. My sister and I are going to start little adventures along our beaches where there are fewer people and fresh air. We are also planning on Thanksgiving and maybe having a zoom cocktail hour with other family members.

Dave and I struggle to make sure that we talk about how we can't even think straight. I'm not a huge success in combatting fatigue for myself. I struggle with it. It's also a complexity with me because I have PTSD. I tend to crawl into a ball on my bed and lost myself too much in movies.

As you can see, it's a mixed bag with me.

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@mayofeb2020

@sueinmn. I live by myself which is hard even without covid. I feel so isolated even though I talk to my children online everyday. They find it hard too even though they have spouses and my son has a child. I talk to my friends regularly but it's nit the same as face to face interaction. My friend said she has been talking to her dog more than ever. We missed so many birthdays, anniversaries and holidays like Mother's Day etc. This time last year we were talking about Thanksgiving which we always get together at my daughter's home.

I do not have any family here in the US other than my children. I often thought I am depresses and perhaps it's covid fatigue? Or both? I go for walks to get out of the funk, but then I'm back to my four walls. I can only read that much,watch TV, follow exercises on YouTube. As I told my friends, it's like the movie Groundhog Day. You wake up in the morning and know it's going to be the same again.

My city is opening up parks, children can go to jungle gyms again. Schools are opened with great cautions. Today I took my neighbor to the opthomologist (she no longer drives) and she offered to buy me lunch, then we realized if our favorite restaurant is opened or not.

I'm finally feeling safe enough to catch up on doctor's appointments. Going to get my teeth cleaned Friday, no doubt I'll be sweating bullets until I'm done.

My daughter is coming back from their second home in Portland next month, we'll both quarantine ourselves for a couple of weeks, then she'll pick me up and take me to spend a week or so in her home. That's what I'm looking forward to.

Has anyone been losing weight during this time? My brother's doctor friend said he's seeing alot of patients with this issue. He said it's stress. Needless to say, I am not sleeping well either.

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@mayofeb202, @sueinmn, @merpreb, and others, Reading all responses with interest and as @sueinmn mentioned, I finally decided during the summer to make and keep some of those "postponed appts" I kept putting off Because I began to fear what the fall/winter would add to the mix with annual flu outbreaks. I've seen dentist, kidney doc, done kidney and bone density labs and been once to the hairdresser since early March and have had two repairmen inside for repairs/replacements. Put ea. appt on calendars and watched for 14 days for any covid symptoms. So far, very lucky.

Because I've lived alone and without family in state, I've found myself strangely less outwardly stressed or fearful than most others I know. Probably because I self-quarantined early on and still remind myself to start the car to keep the battery up, I am doing all I know to stay as safe as possible. Also I find it rather easy to entertain myself … probably because I'm pretty simple minded…lol

However, early on, time just seemed to meld together and each day could be "any' on my calendar. A sense of malaise just seemed to descend and I've become accustomed to going through daily rituals and routines sort of on automatic pilot in something like a fog. Perhaps, for me, an early onset of a form of covid fatigue discussed by Dr. Poland.

Our state shut down for 2 weeks before being one of the first to reopen and now is 75% reopened. It should come as no surprise that not only have people here not observed the basic precautions but also still continue their lives "as usual".

Because I find the media news upsetting, I've been steering clear but yesterday did check a local channel for a weather report. It was shocking to learn that our small city of 200,00+ is now reporting 300 new covid cases/day and that our 184 ICU designated beds at our three hospitals are at near capacity.

We have multiple colleges, trade schools and public education choices here as well and those are adding to the increase in numbers however, the local doc giving the updated virus report made clear that it was not only the younger adults increasing the numbers but also those across all age brackets.

I found Dr. Poland's interview particularly helpful in talking about the need for increased use of air purifiers and hepa filters. The more possible ways to exchange air, the better. I'll be sharing his link with family and friends because this pandemic isn't going to evaporate or come under control anytime soon. Winter will find most of us spending more time inside as well.

Our 10 yr old is sharing online classes with 2 others and and a hired tutor. Each family "hosts" the group for one week at a time and all are observing similar virus precautions. I think installing air purifiers for their indoor instruction times will be helpful and add another layer of protection.

Discussion forums here are providing a much needed added benefit now because of the sub-groups for other interest pursuits. Thanks to all who share in these forums and a huge thanks to MayoClinic for providing this safe place to learn during these stressful, uncertain times.

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@elwooodsdad

Absolutely. Quarantine for 7 months, and watching others ignore the simple things that could reduce the impact of Covid-19. The collateral issues of unemployment, business closings, lack of support by the government, health insurance losses, food insecurity, evictions on the horizon, topped off by the Presidential Debate brawl last evening…fatigue is sure and certain.

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@migizii. I so agree with you on the reasons stated for your covid fatigue…..if only people could do the things necessary to help each other. It would bring our lives back to a more functional level of functioning for most everyone. Some days I just feel sad😔

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@katiejo59

Where is "up North?"…hear in south-cent. Pa. we've had a couple of mild winters. My car, as well, only got1275 miles put on since beg. of April. Here, folks are definately letting their guard down, compared w/ June/July. We have a "steady" # of cases & deaths,per those keeping track of these grim statistics.When I see young adults, for instance. grouped closely together @ the drive-up ice cream shop, I want to remind them this is still very real.Your grandsons must be having to find more & more things to do around the house. Don't have any yet(grandkids) but almost 32 yr.old son is contemplating marriage in early spring(lives in Arizona so can't wait too long in the spring, as temps go up to 99-102 by then. Kathy

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@migizii in response to katiejo59-I live in Bemidji, MN about 80 miles from international falls and the Canadian border…..we have long, cold, harsh winters but not the heavy snow storms….it just doesn’t go away! It just keeps piling up til spring because we rarely get warm enough to ever melt any of it😂😔😂😔😂

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@migizii

@migizii in response to katiejo59-I live in Bemidji, MN about 80 miles from international falls and the Canadian border…..we have long, cold, harsh winters but not the heavy snow storms….it just doesn’t go away! It just keeps piling up til spring because we rarely get warm enough to ever melt any of it😂😔😂😔😂

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@migizii– HAs your community seen a lot of COVID-19?

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