JOINT Task Force COVID Shield commander, Lieutenant General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar yesterday advised his personnel and the public to wary of quarantine fatigue or burnout wherein people tend to be negligent in observing health and law enforcement rules due to the stress brought about by prolonged implementation of the quarantine rules to be prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
Citing his conversations with some experts, the official said the quarantine burnout could pave the way for more coronavirus infections as people may stop caring about taking care of themselves.
“The coronavirus is like a criminal. It is just waiting for an opportunity to strike, to infect people who would lower their guard,” said Eleazar. '
The official noted that there is a tendency for some people not to regularly wash their hands, wear face masks and violate physical distancing.
On the other hand, policemen and soldiers manning Quarantine Control Points since last March 16 may also be lax in the performance of their duty because of the fatigue of the regular routine of being assigned to these checkpoints.
Eleazar said some measures are now being undertaken to ensure that those manning the checkpoints and conducting regular beat patrol to enforce the quarantine rules are always alert.
He said one of the instructions of Philippine National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa to prevent ‘burnout’ among the police is to subject them to regular duty rotation.
“The discipline that policemen, soldiers, Coast Guard sailors and Bureau of Fire and Protection personnel during their training programs, as well as their physical fitness programs, is a big help in withstanding the quarantine burnout,” the Joint Task Force COVID Shield head said
Eleazar said that instead of being burned out, the public should take the anti-COVID health safety protocols like regular as part of their daily habit under the new normal.