Connections: Discussing quarantine fatigue

May 13, 2020

Quarantine fatigue is real, says Julia Marcus of the Harvard Medical School. Writing for The Atlantic, she argues that shaming people for disobeying guidelines is a bad idea. She writes, "Public-health experts have known for decades that an abstinence-only message doesn’t work for sex. It doesn’t work for substance use, either. Likewise, asking Americans to abstain from nearly all in-person social contact will not hold the coronavirus at bay—at least not forever."

So what should we do about it? How can we settle into a routine that is sustainable until a vaccine is on the horizon? And how sick are you of staying home? Our guests:

  • Julia Marcus, Ph.D., MPH, professor of population medicine at Harvard Medical School
  • Dr. Eric Caine, M.D., former chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center