Health Experts Highlight Need to Address ‘Mask Burnout’, Continue to Follow COVID Safety Guidelines – CBS New York


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It has been eight months since the pandemic changed our lives. Many feel exhausted overall with all the directions, especially mask fatigue.As we enter a second wave, health officials say masks are more important than ever, but people are also more tired than ever of wearing tight clothes over their faces.

“Nobody likes to wear masks, but that’s what we have to do to get back to normal,” said Lucy Anders, an Upper West Side resident.


There is also frustration for people who do not follow directions.

“I’m more tired of the lack of patience and consideration from others when it comes to wearing a mask,” said Ashley Williams of the Upper West Side.

Nurse Amy Manhken knows firsthand how important simple steps like masks and distance are. She contracted COVID-19 in March.

“The illness itself was not serious, it was extremely mild, but it left me very anxious and distraught,” Manhken told CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge. “As a healthcare professional, I have always taken it seriously.”

But this is not the case for some, who, unless they or a loved one contract COVID-19, do not take it seriously.

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Human behavior specialist Perry Halkitis says it just goes against human nature to change your routine and follow strict rules. But, he has a trick to stay the course.

“Think about the person in your life who is most vulnerable to death from COVID-19 and do whatever it takes for that person,” Halkitis said.

Health experts say that while we want to get our pre-COVID lives back and we want to celebrate the holidays ahead, we need to show as much commitment to protecting ourselves and others as when the pandemic struck for the first time.

“Our grandparents who lived through World War II, who lived through the Holocaust. We are living on September 11, okay we all had to take a step back and do something that was good for our fellow human beings, ”Halkitis said.

Experts say there is hope with a vaccine on the way, but months still remain. So for the winter months we have to redouble our efforts.


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