In DepthCOVID-19

Pandemic scientists fight burnout

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Science  02 Apr 2021:
Vol. 372, Issue 6537, pp. 13-14
DOI: 10.1126/science.372.6537.13

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  • RE: Protecting Scientists from COVID-19 Burnout

    Life can present difficult hurdles and challenges, especially during a pandemic.

    As the extent and serious consequences of COVID-19 continue to mount, all members of society are facing long periods of mental stress, none more so than frontline healthcare workers and scientists and medical researchers who are at the forefront of investigating vaccines to protect against the virus and disease.

    COVID-19 fatigue seems to be affecting every segment of society, including those who are faced with the challenging task of dealing with sick patients and developing vaccines against the original wild-type coronavirus (COVID-19) and the more highly transmissible, infectious, contagious, and deadly mutated strains, variants and lineages that have emerged globally.

    The hyper speed at which vaccines have been developed and approved for distribution has placed extreme stress and fatigue on the scientists who have been involved in the research and testing of the vaccines.

    Trying to convince the vaccine hesitant with clear and consistent messages about the safety and efficacy of the approved vaccines, especially when conflicting messages are distributed widely in news and social media platforms, also places stress and anxiety on those who are tasked with the responsibility of educating the concerned public.

    The pandemic has raised challenges that can be exciting and fulfilling to those investigating COVID-19, but has also constrained the quality of well-bei...

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