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Updated: Aug 16, 2020

fatigue noun

fa·​tigue | \ fə-ˈtēg \

Definition of fatigue  (Entry 1 of 3) 1a: LABOR b: manual or menial work (such as the cleaning up of a camp area) performed by military personnel c fatigues plural : the uniform or work clothing worn on fatigue and in the field

2a: weariness or exhaustion from labor, exertion, or stress

b: the temporary loss of power to respond that is induced in a sensory receptor

c: a state or attitude of indifference or apathy brought on by overexposure (as to a repeated series of similar events or appeals)

If there's any word to describe the last several months, it's fatigue. Fatigue, a symptom of COVID-19, extends beyond those positively diagnosed. It's affecting our culture in deep ways, and it's not ending anytime soon. Things will continue to be cancelled or modified because of this collective challenge in front of us. The loss will continue, the fatigue will continue. Fatigue, where it's just too much happening all at once, affects our collective stress. If indeed we can kill this virus in a reasonable amount of time, the lingering affects of this collective stress will echo as a shout into the Grand Canyon, bouncing off endless surfaces. This crap isn't being made up just because it's an election year.

Zoom fatigue.

Decision fatigue.

Quarantine fatigue.

Disappointment fatigue.

Mask fatigue.

Bad-news fatigue.

Some-normal-things-are-coming-back-but-something's-just-not-right fatigue.

I don't have any answers beyond commiserating if you feel similarly.

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