This Is Your Body And Brain On Pandemic ‘Whiplash’

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This Is Your Body And Brain On Pandemic ‘Whiplash’

The year 2021 has been like a roller coaster. It was supposed to be the year the pandemic fizzled out. Instead, it was a year of intense whiplash.

“People naturally want predictability and control – some more than others.”

There were multiple points when it seemed like we’d finally got a handle on Covid, only to realise later that the virus wasn’t going anywhere, and that we’re still far from the finish line.

The relief that came with the rollout of vaccines was followed by news of a more transmissible variant – Delta – gaining steam around the world. And just as the Delta surge started to settle, scientists identified a new strain called Omicron, raising anxiety again.

All that back-and-forth has taken a toll on our physical and mental health. Some people have begun to feel numb to the highs and lows, while others have become hyper-vigilant to every new revelation…READ ON

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