The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that Kovid has caused a great deal of stress in Europe by increasing the level of apathy among some people.
The survey data reveals the scale of this “epidemic fatigue”, in some cases it is estimated to have reached more than 60%.
After months of living with obstacles and uncertainty, many people are feeling less motivated to follow defensive behavior, the WHO said.
Although tired, people need to recover efforts to fight the virus, it says.
Until a vaccine or effective treatment is available, public support and protective behavior – hand washing, keeping face ings, and social distance – remain critical to keeping the virus at bay.
The coronavirus has spread worldwide with more than 35 million confirmed and more than 10 million deaths in 188 countries.
Dr Hans Henry Cluj, regional director of the WHO in Europe, said fatigue could be expected at this stage of the crisis.
“Since the virus entered the European region eight months ago, citizens have made huge sacrifices to contain the Covid-19.
“It has become an extraordinary expense, exhausting all of us, regardless of where we live or what we do. It is easy and normal to feel exhausted and overwhelmed in such a situation.
“I believe that efforts to address the growing Covid-19 challenge in front of us can be recovered and recovered.”
He says we have strategies to get our communities back on track:
- Regularly measures public opinion to understand people and acknowledge their suffering
- Involve communities in discussion and decision making as part of the solution
- Allow people to live their lives, but reduce their risk by constantly finding innovative ways to meet social needs – for example, feeding the weak or organizing virtual catch-ups
He highlighted virtual celebrations during Ramadan or floating movies as successful new approaches that can help people adapt to new conditions imposed by the epidemic.
The UK conducts its own regular survey of coronaviruses and social attitudes and behaviors based on a survey of about 2,200 adults.
The latest information suggests:
- Nearly nine out of 10 adults across Great Britain say they have enough information on how to defend themselves against covid – as of June
- Eight out of 10 people who met 10 others said they always or often maintained social distance – as of July
- More than nine out of 10 adults say they use a face covering to slow the spread of coronavirus – again as of July
YouGov also tracks public perceptions and says the majority of people still support restrictions and measures to reduce the spread of the virus, based on a survey of more than 1,600 adults.
The strongest support for stricter restrictions on public gatherings comes from the public, with 85% advocating strict rules about wearing masks, advising to work from home when possible (85%) and pubs powered only by table services (82%).
Support for other measures is somewhat weak, although closing the pub at 22:00 (69%), reducing the power of marriage (62%) and restricting indoor sports to six (611%) are still supported by the majority of the British public.
However, approval of Covid’s official management continues. About 655% now say the government is doing badly, compared to 20% at the end of March when the country went into lockdown.
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