As the Coronavirus Surges, a New Culprit Emerges: Pandemic Fatigue
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Exhaustion and impatience are creating new risks as cases soar in parts of the world. "They have had enough," one U.S. mayor said of her residents.
The issue is particularly stark in the United States, which has more known cases and deaths than any other country, and has already weathered two major coronavirus surges; infections spiked during the spring in the Northeast, and again this summer across the Sun Belt. But a similar phenomenon is sending off alarms across Europe, where researchers from the World Health Organization estimate that about half of the population is experiencing "pandemic fatigue."

"Citizens have made huge sacrifices," said Dr. Hans Kluge, the W.H.O.'s regional director for Europe. "It has come at an extraordinary cost, which has…
Julie Bosman, Sarah Mervosh, Marc Santora
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