Some people in the US find it difficult to reintegrate into society after a long time at the epidemic government.
According to The Wall Street Journal, after more than a year of living separately at home to avoid the risk of contracting COVID-19, some Americans find it difficult to reintegrate into the community. Some psychiatrists have called this condition ” cave syndrome”.
What is cave syndrome?
Since the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) announced that vaccinated people can gather indoors without wearing masks and can resume pre-pandemic activities, many people went to restaurants, attended parties, and moved to other places to see friends and family.
However, for many others, re-integration into the community is currently an extremely difficult task after more than a year of living separately.
Instead of feeling free, many people say they are afraid of socializing. They turn down invitations to hang out, stay away from crowds, or even delay returning to work. This phenomenon is so common that people call them “cave syndrome” on social networks and in the world of psychiatry.
Some people are used to living at home and don’t want to give up the positives of spending more time at home
“Cavern syndrome means people are afraid to go out for fear of getting infected,” says psychiatrist Arthur Bregman.
He started using the term earlier this year after some of his patients said they were afraid to go out despite being fully vaccinated.
Dr. Bregman said cave syndrome has varying degrees of severity, from people who are anxious about social interactions to those who don’t go out at all.
Based on the results of a June survey conducted by Ipsos – multinational market research and consulting firm based in France – and the World Economic Forum ( WEF ), up to 12,497 adults .
Nine countries (including the US, France, Japan, Mexico, and the UK) said they will probably continue to practice social distancing and wear masks in public even though they have been vaccinated.
Mr. Paul S. Appelbaum – Professor of psychiatry, medicine, and law at Columbia University (USA) – said the virus is not the only thing causing fears about reintegration into the community. According to him, some people are used to living at home and don’t want to give up the positives of spending more time at home.
Why are Americans afraid of reintegration into society?
During most of the COVID-19 pandemic, Laura G. Bustamante remembers the time when she spent weekend nights driving to Manhattan (New York City, USA) to meet friends, often at a Karaoke bar in the Korean Quarter.
Now that she is fully vaccinated, many bars and restaurants in New York have reopened, but she is “still not ready to go back to life like before the epidemic”. I feel comfortable seeing only one friend at a time, and it’s better to meet outdoors.
“Looking at social media, you’ll see people starting to go out into the streets to have fun, but I couldn’t imagine I would be able to,” said a 49-year-old resident of Rockland County (New York) said…
Andrew Ruiz – a 32-year-old technology analyst who lives in Fort Myers County (Florida State, USA), and is fully vaccinated – said he is still extremely careful when going out, and will not participate event New York Comic Con – an annual comic convention that he has attended continuously since 2014.
Mr. Andrew said he is not ready to board the plane yet, especially given the Delta variant remains. raging.
Ms. Eileen Ybarra – a 44-year-old librarian living in Los Angeles (California, USA), who received two doses of the vaccine – said she still does not feel comfortable when going to the cinema or gathering at home.
In a March study by the American Psychological Association, nearly half of the 3,013 American adults surveyed said they felt reintegrated into social, face-to-face interactions after the pandemic the ending is not easy.
According to the Wall Street Journal, both vaccinated and unvaccinated people have the same answer as above.
An article published in the scientific journal Scientific American in May said these long-term psychological effects were anticipated.
In May 2020, researchers at the University of British Columbia (Canada) published a study in the journal Anxiety, predicting that during a pandemic, about 10% of people will have stress syndromes caused by stress.
COVID-19 after dealing with serious psychological problems, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or mood disorders, and anxiety disorders.