Public are not tired of Covid rules, even if politicians are, says health psychologist

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 (PA Wire)
(PA Wire)

The public still understand the importance of Covid restrictions even if politicians are getting weary of lockdown, a professor in health psychology has said.

Robert West, professor in health psychology at University College London’s Institute of Epidemiology and Health, said despite a rise in pandemic fatigue, people’s behaviours and attitudes show they understand the need for current government guidelines.

He told Times Radio: "By and large, although the politicians might be getting a bit weary of it, people really understand the importance of the measures and the restrictions."

Professor West added that people who fail to adhere to guidelines like self-isolation may be due to a lack of financial support.

“Most of the reason why people are not self-isolating even when they’ve got symptoms, to be honest, is because they have felt that they haven’t had a financial, material and social support needed to do it.

“That’s always been the big gap in our armour on this one and the Government has never really addressed that unfortunately.”

It comes after a recent study found millions of Brits are exhausted and have completely ‘lost focus’ because of pandemic fatigue and the isolation of working from home.

According to the World Health Organisation, pandemic fatigue results from various barriers that people experience across cultural and national contexts, and that require different kinds of support, structures and communication.

The study of 2,000 adults found women are more likely to suffer from jumbled thinking (81 per cent) than men (66 per cent).

More than half (52 per cent) of Brits said they had not been getting enough sleep over the last 12 months, and a third felt they had experienced too much screen time, leaving them struggling with memory and focus.

And around half agreed that food and drink could have a big impact on how they feel throughout the day.

More than half found exercise helped to restore their energy stores and curb ‘brain fog’, choosing either a daily walk (20 per cent), a workout (25 per cent) or yoga (14 per cent).

Laura Crane, brand ambassador for Purdey’s Natural Energy which commissioned the research, said: "There’s been huge change and upheaval over the last year and beyond, which has impacted our mental and physical health.

"It is important to implement positive habits and routines during the week in order to manage our wellbeing, plus ensuring we eat and drink well.

“Exercise is something that really works for me and is a great tool - even taking yourself for a walk will boost both your mind and body."

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