Pandemic fatigue and complacency during lower lockdown levels increase likelihood of second wave
Relaxed attitudes about Covid-19 distancing, mask wearing and other preventative measures put the country at risk of a significant resurgence.

There is mounting disquiet in South Africa about a significant relaxation in adherence to Covid-19 preventative behaviours, such as mask-wearing in public, avoiding mass gatherings and social events, and physical distancing.

As countries around the world continue to experience appreciable second waves in coronavirus infections, questions about the role of personal responsibility, behaviour and underlying perceptions have come into sharp relief, prompting debate and policy attention to the role of – and response to – what has been termed pandemic or caution “fatigue”.

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