COVID Fatigue

Posted by Merry, Volunteer Mentor @merpreb, Sep 30, 2020

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?

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@mayofeb2020– I just started a new discussion on this topic. Please join us
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/covid-19-and-holidays/

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@mayofeb2020

@bustrbrwn22. My daughter and I decided that we are not participating in treat or treat this year. I didn't have one single one last year. My daughter usually has many treat or treaters but she's going dark this year for safety's sake. People have to understand this is a very trying time, and not that we are anti social. Those who don't can move on.

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@mayofeb2020 I agree but people who think Covid is a hoax and refuse to wear masks etc are almost irrational. We are starting to see men wearing guns at some of the hardware stores while not wearing face masks and that town is upscale. It is scary times. In our state you don’t need to conceal.

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@bustrbrwn22

I’m concerned about trick or treating. We live in an area with a lot of small children and I don’t want to expose myself to the virus unnecessarily. Keep in mind some of these parents have called me a fxxxxxx bxxxx for my dog peeing on their mailbox. How would they react to a sign that we won’t be handing out treats. It’s becoming a very scary, decisive world. This doesn’t help my anxiety or possibly anxiety/stress induced conditions

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@bustrbrwn22 – You are right- I’m not going to hand out treats this year either. Just turn off outside lights. That is the sign in our neighborhood that you are not participating.

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@bustrbrwn22

I’m concerned about trick or treating. We live in an area with a lot of small children and I don’t want to expose myself to the virus unnecessarily. Keep in mind some of these parents have called me a fxxxxxx bxxxx for my dog peeing on their mailbox. How would they react to a sign that we won’t be handing out treats. It’s becoming a very scary, decisive world. This doesn’t help my anxiety or possibly anxiety/stress induced conditions

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@bustrbrwn22, I understand your concern. A few years ago, some in my immediate and other neighborhoods started turning off their porch lights to discourage treat or treaters. The idea spread and until Covid, some schools and churches would hold parties so that children could dress up i their costumes, play supervised games and be given treats. I don't know what plans may be in place for that this year.

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@fiesty76

@bustrbrwn22, I understand your concern. A few years ago, some in my immediate and other neighborhoods started turning off their porch lights to discourage treat or treaters. The idea spread and until Covid, some schools and churches would hold parties so that children could dress up i their costumes, play supervised games and be given treats. I don't know what plans may be in place for that this year.

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@feisty76. One year we did keep our lights off because we forgot. The neighbor kids just pounded on the door anyway. So many people are not taking COVID seriously. I know we have a cure, Lysol, but it can still have severe complications.

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@fiesty and @bustrbrwn22– Please use this link for holiday talk. COVID Fatigue is a lot more serious so I separated the two. Thank you for your cooperation
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/covid-19-and-holidays/
Merry

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@merpreb

@fiesty76– I know, it's an awful position to be in. So far I've been in 2 instances where people haven't covered their noses. One gave me a hairy eyeball and the other I was too tired to say anything. I wish that I had an answer to getting a point across without being punched or yelled at.

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@migizii….it is an awful position to be in, although I have had it happen a number of times. My response is usually to move further away and stare them directly in the eye. If they ask me why I’m staring, I tell them the importance of wearing a mask properly for myself….not implying that they are doing it wrong, although they seem to immediately know they are and typically put their masks up. It has even happened in a medical clinic and when it has happened there, I report it to the medical director. We are living very difficult times….stay well and safe❤️

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@bustrbrwn22

I’m concerned about trick or treating. We live in an area with a lot of small children and I don’t want to expose myself to the virus unnecessarily. Keep in mind some of these parents have called me a fxxxxxx bxxxx for my dog peeing on their mailbox. How would they react to a sign that we won’t be handing out treats. It’s becoming a very scary, decisive world. This doesn’t help my anxiety or possibly anxiety/stress induced conditions

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I don’t know where you live but we have left our candy out on the front porch when we were not able to be home in the past and amazingly, kids and families took candy in a reasonable way. In fact, we even had candy left in the bowl when we got home…..I don’t think I may have been that good when I was a kid😜

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@bustrbrwn22

@mayofeb2020 I agree but people who think Covid is a hoax and refuse to wear masks etc are almost irrational. We are starting to see men wearing guns at some of the hardware stores while not wearing face masks and that town is upscale. It is scary times. In our state you don’t need to conceal.

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@migizii. That is really scary! I feel for you…..

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I quickly move away from the folks not wearing a mask or having pushed it down around their chin. Sometimes they get the idea and often, not. Only so much to get riled about. Make a note to maybe not shop there or go @ a less busy time. Kathy

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