Jan 25, 2021 - Health

Pandemic fatigue quantified

Social distancing plummeted as the pandemic continued on in the U.S., new research published in JAMA shows.

Between the lines: Most people continued to avoid large crowds and interactions with high-risk people for more than six months.

  • But staying home and remaining isolated from everyone other than household members was too much to ask for many Americans over such an extended period of time.
  • These cracks in social distancing practices were all the virus needed to continue spreading, eventually taking off like wildfire across every region of the country at once.

My thought bubble: If there's any obvious lesson to learn from all of this, it's that stopping a pandemic early on — before people become exhausted with the disruption to their lives — is crucial.

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