Frequently Asked Questions about Pandemic Fatigue
Many Americans are tired and frustrated, but public health measures are not the enemy — they are the roadmap for a faster and more sustainable recovery. The pandemic has posed so many hardships, from the loss of loved ones, to job loss, to depression and loneliness, to parenting in the context of virtual schooling. However, COVID-19 still represents a real risk to the health of our communities and our economy.
Many communities have made tremendous progress in protecting community members, but vaccination and booster rates are still lagging in many communities – and infections continue to rise in some places.
We’re all looking forward to a time when we can do all the things we love safely, and the best way to get there is by getting vaccinated and following local guidelines.
Updated February 3, 2022
A lot of people, understandably, are asking when the pandemic will end. While no one knows exactly what it will look like when the pandemic phase of COVID-19 subsides or when that will be, all pandemics do end—and so will COVID-19.
Here are tips for communicating about this topic:
- Acknowledge the uncertainty
- Lead and close with hope—the pandemic phase of COVID-19 will end, and we have tools to get us there
- Use plain language to describe a potential scenario that helps illustrate what might happen, but be clear this is just one possible scenario
- Reiterate that while COVID-19 continues to be a serious threat to public health, we have the tools to help us stay healthy. We know vaccination, well-fitting masks, and testing all work to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and can help keep us on a path to ending the pandemic.
Related resources and articles:
- COVID will soon be endemic. This doesn’t mean it’s harmless or we give up, just that it’s part of life (The Conversation)
- What now? How pandemics end (Your Local Epidemiologist)
- “Endemic” Explainer (Dear Pandemic)
- Epidemic, Endemic, Pandemic: What are the Differences? (Columbia Public Health)
Added February 3, 2022