Authors: Meredith Deliso
“Throughout pandemics, the psychological footprint is often way bigger than the medical footprint,” Dr. Claude Mellins, a medical psychologist who co-leads a pandemic initiative called CopeColumbia for the Columbia University Irving Medical Center community, told ABC News.
One of the challenges is the pandemic makes it hard to turn to our normal coping strategies, such as being with people and engaging in fun activities, said Mellins, a professor of medical psychology in the Psychiatry Department at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the Sociomedical Sciences Department at the Mailman School of Public Health.
People are “feeling unbelievably anxious of the uncertainty, and so they don’t want to be isolated, and they don’t want to do some of the things that we need to be there,” she added.
In the face of COVID fatigue, people are continually urged to not let their guard down. But how can public health officials accomplish this?