More and more Europeans are fed up with the restrictive measures against the coronavirus and are struggling with “pandemic fatigue”.
Europe Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Hans Kluge, therefore advises governments to listen carefully to their residents and find a solution together.
In the past eight months since the outbreak of the virus, civilians have made “enormous sacrifices,” the Belgian said in a statement. “That has exhausted us all.” In these circumstances, he says, it is normal to feel apathetic or demotivated.
Some surveys he has received show that up to 60 percent of the population leads symptoms of fatigue. If the policy to reduce the virus is to be really useful, it must be recognized, Kluge said.
As an example, he gave a project in Denmark where students were involved in coming up with measures to enable them to return to university. And Turkey is trying to gain a better understanding of people ignoring restrictive measures through social media polls.
With the holidays ahead, it is essential to find new ways to combat fatigue, says Kluge. Muslims in Europe set a good example during Ramadan with virtual celebrations and home delivery of meals.