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?

Interested in more discussions like this? Go to the Post-COVID Recovery & COVID-19 group.

@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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@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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It's just a different time and age & I'm slowly beginning to accept these new ways. I live in a mostly senior community & folks turn out the lights by 9:30 p.m. or so, so teenagers sure aren't going to come by. They told younger kids(in the area) to come just after sunset(which here in so.central Pa. is ~ 7:15 p.m. So the "action" is over by 8:30, for sure. That's how the management @ this community is dealing w/ Halloween. Kathy

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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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Our senior community posts multiple signs re: the community is for the enjoyment of residents only(because we had a lot of folks coming over from nearby condos & such wanting to exercise @ a "change of scenery", here. So, small wee ones of folks who reside here will have some Trick or Treaters @ a reasonably early hour & then the lights will be out. That's what they're doing here.

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That's what I feel; these are new & challenging times. I know the little kids aren't that aware of the magnitude of a pandemic but they ought to be instucted by their caretakers that they need to go earlier & not linger like in yester-years before old-COVID reared its communicable head. Here, @ the senior community, relatives of residents are coming @ about sunset & moving thru quickly. If little kids are given instructions they can understand, they get it, I think. Next year, things will hopefully be back to usual happy times.

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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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Sorry took so long to get back w/ you. Generally am behind on all kinds of technology. Got a small case of COVID blues..had a scare 'cause had a sore throat & felt chilled for a couple days in a row, recently, so to ease my mind asked the PMD for a test. Came back negative. Central Pa.(am in Harrisburg, about 75 miles no. of Baltimore) has had a series of 10 days with over 1K positives which was quite a bit higher than our usual 700 or so per day. Trump & Biden have all been here bunches of times, Trump won the state by an extremely narrow number. So, he's very focused on this area. Sounds lovely to be so close to Canadian border. As a kid, lived north of Scranton, Pa., which was 30 miles from New York state line. So, then was closer to border & hence, more snow. Last winter, we only had one large snow storm in this area. I lived in so. Arizona for over 24 years & liked it very well. Saw snow only three times in Tucson-proper. Going off-topic here. Like many of your posts. Getting back in the swing of Mayo Connect, now that health-scare over with. Kathy

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@alamogal635– Hello. The fatigue that you feel is very different than any that you have felt before because COVID-19 is such an extreme virus that attacks almost everything in your body, and especially your lungs. And, since you have already had part of a lung removed you will most likely feel fatigued more than some, despite your mild symptoms. You are inhaling air through already compromised lungs.

Please look at the top of this discussion for a Podcast about your concerns. Did it answer your questions?

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@ccbelle– Please join this discussion about COVID-19 fatigue and enjoy the PODCAST. Did it ring any bells?

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@alamogal635

Twenty days ago I tested positive for COVID-19. It is/was a mild case—sore throat, congestion. Thought I had a bad sinus, or throat infection. Anyway, got sent home kept quarantined and simply took things easy until symptoms began to subside. Now I feel much better. The only problems is being so fatigued most/all of the time. Has anyone experienced this? I live alone and had been extremely careful before testing positive, Have no idea where/how I caught this. If others have this fatigue, do you just let it run its course, or is there a supplement that helps? Thank you in advance. I am under my doctor’s care via telephone calls.

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Glad your other symptoms other than fatigue have resolved. I understand that post-viral fatigue is common after a nasty virus like this one. I don’t know how long it lasts for mild cases. I was very ill with coronavirus due to asthma and hypertension. I got ill in early April. It took 4 months to be able to walk slowly around the neighborhood. i am still suffering from extreme fatigue 6 months later. Some people suggest B12. I take it daily.

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@alamogal635

Twenty days ago I tested positive for COVID-19. It is/was a mild case—sore throat, congestion. Thought I had a bad sinus, or throat infection. Anyway, got sent home kept quarantined and simply took things easy until symptoms began to subside. Now I feel much better. The only problems is being so fatigued most/all of the time. Has anyone experienced this? I live alone and had been extremely careful before testing positive, Have no idea where/how I caught this. If others have this fatigue, do you just let it run its course, or is there a supplement that helps? Thank you in advance. I am under my doctor’s care via telephone calls.

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@ccbelle, @alamogal635– Please join the discussion and podcast about this topic at https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/covid-fatigue/?pg=4#comment-434374

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