10 Months After the Arrival of COVID-19, Fatigue and Hope Mingle
At this time a year ago, we were hearing reports of a virus that was causing problems half a world away. Two months later, we added a couple of words to our vocabulary that we’ll never forget: coronavirus and COVID-19. Although it has been only 10 months since the virus impacted our lives in the U.S., for most of us, it seems like years have passed. COVID fatigue is a real thing!
If you’re feeling completely burned out by the isolation and all the adjustments you’ve had to make in your work and personal life, you’re not alone. Many helpful resources are available online, including insight on COVID fatigue and a list of nine action steps to help you cope with burnout from the pandemic.
Are You Fully Armed Against COVID-19?
Another result of COVID fatigue is that many people are slacking off or completely dropping some or all of the CDC’s recommendations for protecting yourself and others from the coronavirus. Now is a good time to make sure you’re following these recommendations fully:
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth every time you are in public or with anyone you don’t live with.
- Stay at least six feet away from anyone who does not live with you. Note: You should keep this social distance even though you’re wearing a mask.
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
- Wash your hands often throughout the day. Use soap and water, and wash for at least 20 seconds.
- If you don’t have access to soap and water, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.
Hope Is on the Horizon
The arrival of two proven vaccines is welcome relief for most of us who are dealing with COVID fatigue. While it will take at least several months for the vaccine to have full effect on the pandemic, getting vaccinated as soon as you’re allowed to do so will help to make that hope a reality. CoolSys employees have been deemed essential workers, which means you have priority for the vaccine. In case you need to prove your status as an essential worker, here’s a link to an authorization letter.
When and where the vaccine is available depends on where you live, so it is important to check with your local health department regarding the details for your area. No matter where you live, the COVID-19 vaccine is free, and the cost to administer it is covered by all of our CoolSys health plans — Anthem and Kaiser.
Hang in there and remember to continue doing all you can to protect yourself, your loved ones and others you come into contact with!