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I have ‘pandemic brain’. Will I ever be able to concentrate again?

In the weeks and months after initial lockdown, people began to notice a sudden inability to focus, remember things, and follow through on tasks.’ Illustration: Sonny Ross/The Guardian

(Kelli María Korducki/ The Guardian) –– When lockdown hit, I became distracted, unfocused – and overwhelmed. But there are ways to recover.

I can pinpoint the exact moment that I realized my brain was still broken from the pandemic.

A few weeks ago, while riding the train, I decided to send off a few overdue email replies. Fast forward 45 minutes, and there I was: sitting cross-legged on my destination platform, email forgotten, frantically toggling between tabs. It was, by now, a grimly familiar experience of my pandemic-era cognitive performance. (…)