COVID fatigue setting in for many amid virus still being prevalent

Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 10:40 PM CDT
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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - It’s known as COVID burnout or pandemic fatigue. Something perhaps all or at least most of us have felt during the pandemic.

Even though many say they have had enough, the CDC said COVID is here to stay. While that may look different over time, local health experts say right now it’s still prevalent in Wichita county.

“At this moment, I feel like everybody is tired of it,” Olu Aina, a Wichita Falls visitor, said. “People just want to move on with their lives and go back to normal.”

It has been over two years since the first COVID case was reported in Wichita Falls and it’s still here .

A month ago the county moved back to its weekly COVID reports due to an uptick in cases.

“COVID is still here were just learning to adapt and have it in our everyday lives.” Brandi Smith, lead epidemiologist at the Wichita Falls - Wichita County Public Health District, said. “But it’s not going anywhere so we just need to be vigilant to protect ourselves and our family and our community.”

Smith understands people are ready to move on from COVID, but she said it’s still a serious issue. Of the 275 new cases in Wichita County, seven people were hospitalized and one remains in critical condition.

“I know we’re all COVID fatigued and were ready to see the end but our job in public health, of course, is to protect our community and we want to do exactly what’s best for our community,” Smith said.

And that is letting the community know that the virus is still around and for some, it’s still deadly.

There was one new COVID death last week, bringing the total to 593 total COVID-related deaths in Wichita County since the first case was confirmed. The key is being cautious without living in fear.

“Honestly, I feel like right now I really just want things to get back to normal,” Bilikis Ibikunle, MSU Texas nursing student, said. “I’m a nursing student, so it helps to be able to like go outside, especially during clinical like not having to do virtual clinical cause there’s a difference.”

COVID has affected the way we work, the way we learn and even how we interact with each other. While no one is sure when we will see a decline in COVID cases, everyone can agree on one thing.

“Overall, even though I want to be outside and do stuff, I still want everyone to be safe,” Ibikunle said.

“You know, we’re right there with them fighting through this pandemic and we’re ready to see the end of it, but we’re also very vigilant and wanting to continue to fight through it and get to the end as well,” Smith said.

Health officials want to remind residents as they know we may be COVID fatigued the best way to fight this pandemic is by getting your vaccine and quarantining if you feel sick. If you would like more information, click here.

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