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.