Pandemic Fatigue Affecting Health Protocol Compliance: Expert



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe Indonesian Covid-19 task force on January 7 revealed that the people’s compliance upon wearing a face mask had seen a 28 percent drop compared to the third week of September up to the fourth week of December. The same can be seen in compliance with physical distancing protocol that reduced 20.6 percent. 

    Dewi Soemarko from the University of Indonesia (UI) medical doctor Indonesian/Occupational Medicine Association (PERDOKI) in Monday's public discussion suspected that the burnout might play a role in the dropping health protocol compliance due to repetitive activities amidst the social restriction. 

    “If that happens to a group of people then it will surely be hazardous to many others,” said Dewi Soemarko on January 11. She argued that the phenomenon dubbed 'pandemic fatigue' is driven by the economic pressures in family households. 

    The hazard aspect Dewi referred to according to Dwi Listyawardani, head of the Covid-19 task force on behavioral change sub-unit, is when the breadwinner in a family must go outside of their houses to work and makes them vulnerable to viral infection and increases the chances of spreading it back to their family members at home. 

    This is why they believe better education must accompany the demographic that are prone to endure pandemic fatigue and convince them the importance of upholding proper health protocols within the confines of a house. 

    Read: 83% Health Workers in Indonesia Experiencing Pandemic Burnout, Study Finds