Pandemic fatigue is often described as a human weakness — an obstacle that experts must help people overcome so they can continue to “follow the science.” Here, I argue that pandemic fatigue is part of the science. Rather than a sign of weakness, it’s a mature and rational response — an adaptive mechanism that allows us to get on with the business of living. Instead of deriding people for getting tired, public health experts and politicians need to understand the psychology of pandemic fatigue and factor it into their policies, during this pandemic and the next one.
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