Quarantine fatigue: People losing patience with stay-at-home orders

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  • A phenomenon that you could describe as “quarantine fatigue” may be setting in around the country, according to researchers who’ve found that peoples’ patience with stay-at-home orders is starting to break, the longer the coronavirus pandemic drags on.
  • That’s worrisome, of course, because social distancing remains one of the key tools we have to fight the spread of the virus since we’re still waiting on the launch of a successful coronavirus vaccine.
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I was wondering when we were going to reach this point in the coronavirus pandemic, and now it seems the moment may be at hand.

Stay-at-home orders were never going to be a perfect long-term solution to getting the coronavirus crisis under control, partly because they were never about “solving” the problem. They were, instead, simply a draconian failsafe that allows the nation’s healthcare system to buy time — to keep it from being swamped with cases of people suffering from the COVID-19 virus. That is an incredibly vital benefit the stay-at-home behaviors have provided, though it’s also come at a significant cost. Businesses have likewise temporarily shuttered, leading to historic levels of joblessness around the country. And the longer this goes on, the more some people seem to be taking a fatalistic view of it all, abiding by the stay-at-home mandates less and less, according to a new study from researchers tracking smartphone data.

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