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Pandemic fatigue is an issue, experts say. Will Omicron make it worse?

Some experts say it’s still unclear just what impact pandemic fatigue has on people’s behaviour amid the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.

(Mark Gollom/ CBC News) –– Alberta Premier Jason Kenney recently said that, despite the rapid spread of the Omicron variant across the country, Canadians may be at their “outer limits” of what further public-health restrictions they’re willing to accept.

“Widespread non-compliance,” he told the National Post, was harming the credibility of public-health measures and that many Albertans “have just tuned us out.”

That tune-out is part of what’s described as “pandemic fatigue” — the weariness among some people to abide by more coronavirus-related restrictions and public health measures as the pandemic drags on. (…)