Whatever our situation as healthcare professionals—good pacing, refreshment, and support will be key to surviving the long road ahead Here in the UK we have been in lockdown for over six weeks and our personal and professional lives have changed immeasurably. We are starting to face the reality that our lives may never return to “normal.” As healthcare professionals caring for doctors, we are impressed by how our profession has adapted to the new order.  However, we are also noticing many of our colleagues, ourselves included, struggling to absorb the normous changes forced upon us over the last two months. The initial eagerness to play our part in this crisis, to get “stuck in” and to make a difference has been replaced by an intense and overwhelming fatigue. Hannah Smith, a psychotherapist practising in America has coined the term “Pandemic Fatigue.” She uses it to describe not just the intense tiredness and weariness many of us are feeling, but the irritability and disorientation which accompany it, for example, not knowing which day of the week it is as the days appear to merge into one. Among our colleagues here in the UK we are referring to it as “covid fatigue”—a term that seems to have struck a chord for thousands feeling the enormous toll of the last few weeks.

 

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