As we move past the half year mark for 2021, it is a time of reflection as we realise how far the world has come in our efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Going on to two years of prevalence in South Africa, Covid-19 has had major effects on all sectors of our nation.
The reality is that everyone is exhausted; tired of ‘pandemic talk’ and drained by the rollercoaster of lockdown level adjustments.
The University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the Human Sciences Research Council recently completed a study to zoom in on the use of face masks in public spaces in South Africa throughout the pandemic. The study indicated a concerning trend pointing to ‘Pandemic Fatigue’, as well as decreasing public compliance with health safety measures, as South Africa desperately looks to avoid further waves of Covid-19 infections.