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Birx notes harm of virus fatigue

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Birx notes harm of virus fatigue

Dr. Deborah Birx answers a question from Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday during a roundtable dis- cussion with local leaders at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock. More photos at arkansasonline. com/818birx/ and arkansasonline.com/818gov/. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Staton Breidenthal) ( Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Staton Breidenthal )

Americans are weary of covid-19 and reluctant to commit to a long-term battle against the pandemic, the White House’s coronavirus response director, Dr. Deborah Birx, said Monday in Little Rock.

Covid-19 fatigue could undermine efforts to limit the spread of the virus, she told state leaders during a meeting at the Governor’s Mansion.

"We just have to give people a timeline that’s manageable," she said.

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Birx made her comments shortly before the state released its daily covid-19 data.

Arkansas recorded 412 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday and four more deaths, lifting the number of fatalities to 603. [Video not showing up above? Click here to watch » https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80h-uzw6z9I]

After five months of restrictions, nerves are fraying, Birx suggested.When Americans are told, "We could be living with this virus for years," their response is often, "’I can’t live like this for years.’ And they’re willing to give up," Birx said.Even those most at risk because of health issues are struggling, she said."I talked to a nursing home resident yesterday in Oklahoma, and she was like: ‘We can’t keep this up. If you give us a timeline, we may be able to hold on another two or three months. We might be able to hold on till the holidays. But you can’t tell us that this is going to go on like this into 2021,’" Birx said.That sentiment […]

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