Medical Journal of Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2022  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 446--447

Are we COVID fatigued or craving for normalcy at the cost of health?


Sameena Khan, Nageswari R Gandham, Shahzad Mirza, Nikunja Kumar Das 
 Department of Microbiology, Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Center, Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Sameena Khan
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, Dr D Y Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Center, Dr D Y Patil Vidyapeeth, Pimpri, Pune-18
India




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Khan S, Gandham NR, Mirza S, Das NK. Are we COVID fatigued or craving for normalcy at the cost of health?.Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth 2022;15:446-447


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Khan S, Gandham NR, Mirza S, Das NK. Are we COVID fatigued or craving for normalcy at the cost of health?. Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Jul 4 ];15:446-447
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Sir,

There is a universal consensus that one of the easiest and best ways to control the spread of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is to wear a face mask which has also been made mandatory by the authorities.[1],[2] However, there are all sorts of objections and denial against this simple and easy step. To give an instance, there are issues that people do not wear masks properly, which may favor the chances of getting an infection. However, this can be overcome by educating people regarding the correct technique of wearing a mask. Another disagreement is that if everyone starts wearing mask, this may lead to shortage in the amount of masks available for health-care staff. To solve this problem, an increase of mask production is necessary and usage of cloth masks should be encouraged among general public.[3]

Another component of this is our landing into COVID fatigue and stress.[4] Social distancing plays a pivotal role in limiting the spread of this contagious disease but has its demerits too. Undesirably, it contributes to the loss of social relationships, emotional ties, and mental breakdowns in vulnerable individuals. Association between social isolation and physical and mental health is not just limited to elderly people.[5]

The World Health Organization has started using the phrase “physical distancing” instead of “social distancing” and it been welcomed by experts as a step in the “right direction.” It is the need of hour to maintain physical distance so as to protect everyone's well-being, and at the same time, we do not need to cut down on mental well-being by social isolation. Interestingly, individuals can ensure physical distancing while still being socially connected. Social networking using internet-based communication is a great platform that can lessen the feeling of being cut off to a large degree. This remains true not only for personal connections (family and friends) as well as educational and professional communications.[6]

Early and extensive public mask wearing followed by Taiwan and Hong Kong helped them to maintain low rates of COVID-19 infections throughout the pandemic.[7] To achieve successful prevention against this viral infection, proper mask wearing with maintaining mask hygiene along with physical distancing is required. This will stop the spread not only from symptomatic but also asymptomatic patients also.[8]

A commitment by all individuals to strict adherence to mask wearing and physical distancing would go a long way in minimizing the danger of this current pandemic.

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