US COVID Fatigue Impacts Mitigation Measures
Health experts have said they fear history will repeat itself once again.
ATLANTA — As the United States marks Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer, COVID-19 cases are almost five times higher than a year ago, according to the latest Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As of Friday, the CDC was reporting 110,000 new cases for the seven-day rolling average. As of this date last year, the agency reported 23,000 cases for the seven-day rolling average.
Georgia is also experiencing an increase in the number of cases according to the latest report from the Georgian Ministry of Public Health. information published on May 25. The DPH is reporting 1,600 new cases per day for the seven-day rolling average, up from 600 cases on this date last year.
Despite widespread vaccinations and available COVID-19 treatments, cases are still trending upward and experts say this can easily be linked, in part, to a significant change.
“The problem is that people don’t move with data and time — there’s so much COVID fatigue that people aren’t using these mitigation strategies anymore,” an Atlanta doctor explained, Dr. Frita Fisher.
Mitigation measures have changed dramatically over the past year.
As the country headed into the summer months in 2021, many employers still had mask mandates and required vaccinations. Masks were also still mandatory on all public transport systems.
By late summer, the CDC was urging people to wear masks indoors. The city of Atlanta had reinstated its indoor mask mandate in late July.
Frita said she feared history would repeat itself.
“There’s a big chance we’ll have another surge after Memorial Day weekend,” she said.
Experts add that as society heads into the busy summer season, people need to be more vigilant than ever with the latest BA 2 Omicron variant, which is dubbed to be more transmissible and contagious than any previous strain of COVID-19.
“I want people — despite their COVID-19 and pandemic fatigue — to still have a sense of community,” she said. “So that we can evolve into an endemic and come out of the pandemic phase, which we are very much still in.”