The coronavirus cases have risen to record-breaking numbers in the United States, taking the total to more than 11 million.
After several months of social distancing and wearing masks as well as staying in quarantine, many people are now suffering from pandemic fatigue.
According to experts from Penn State Health, people should not be careless with the precautions now and be constantly vigilant to fight the virus, which is spreading at an alarming rate in the country. They have also advised people about maintaining their mental health during the lockdown and to find other ways to keep in touch with people.
An internal medicine physician believes that mask-wearing could be the key to halt the spread of the virus because early data from the beginning of the pandemic shows that this precaution proved to be very effective. This is especially useful for people who might be asymptomatic.
He also continues that in the era of technology, people can easily find alternative ways to keep in touch such as virtual game nights.
He suggests that if you want to engage in social activities such as dining out and shopping, everyone should ensure they only visit places where strict rules are being enforced and everyone is following SOPs. However, he adds that even with the safety measures of wearing masks and distancing of six feet, there is no guarantee that risk will be reduced.
A psychiatrist from the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center also spoke on the pandemic crisis, saying that the prolonged pandemic has been very stressful for a lot of people.
She reports that medical patients have indicated a considerable increase in their emotional stress because of the pandemic. She is also worried because winter brings seasonal depression as well for some people and that will add on to the pandemic stress.
She advises that your mental health can be managed if you approach the restrictions and quarantine differently. She asks people not to think about the quarantine as a restriction that is imposed on us but instead, something we’re doing of our own free will for the benefit of our loved ones and our community.
She also includes that a specific routine helps with stress like following a regular sleep routine as well as having meals on time. She also suggests hobbies that you did not have time for before as well as healthy activities like exercise.