Priest says public now suffering from ‘compliance fatigue'

Published August 2, 2021, 10:10 AM

by Christina Hermoso

A Catholic priest said many Filipinos may now be suffering from compliance fatigue because of the prolonged coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.


Father Victor Sadaya, CMF, executive director of the Porta Coeli Center for Psychotrauma Management and Counseling, “many are now experiencing the ‘compliance fatigue syndrome’ in trying to keep up with the health protocols being observed to help curb the spread of COVID-19.”

“It is understandable that many are now experiencing what we call the compliance fatigue syndrome. Many have grown tired trying to comply with the health protocols that are being enforced to help fight the spread of the disease,” Sadaya said over Radio Veritas.

The priest said the ever changing community quarantine observed in different areas as well as the safety and health protocols must be thoroughly explained and understood by the public as measures that are necessary to help fight the spread of the virus.

“It is ideal for us to have a new mindset that we can no longer go back to how things were before the pandemic. We should be able to accept that now we have the new normal in living our lives because the pandemic might really take time,” Sadaya said.

The National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) Crisis Hotline said they receive an average of 400 calls a month from individuals suffering from mental health problems like depression since the start of the pandemic.