“Quarantine fatigue” is becoming a thing.
With Americans forced to social distance and quarantine during the COVID-19 outbreak, the lack-of-freedom to do what you want has some people leaving their homes more frequently than others, according to a new analysis.
The Maryland Transportation Institute at the University of Maryland released a study tracking cellphone usage finding that as temperatures start to warm up around the country, so do people’s tendencies for venturing outdoors.
Since April 17, the data found that people are going outside more frequently than they were in mid-March when social distancing measures were announced. Researchers found that the staying-home percentage dropped from 33% to 31% in six weeks. While the change might appear as minimal, it has weight due to the sample size used in the study, according to researchers, which tracked more than 100 million people for the on-going study.
“We saw something we hoped wasn’t happening, but it’s there,” Zhang told The Washington Post. “It seems collectively we’re getting a little tired. It looks like people are loosening up on their own to travel more.”
The study serves as a talking point with states beginning to reopen their economies over the last week.
Georgia allowed certain businesses to reopen on April 24, while New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this week that parts of New York could re-open starting in mid-May.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom urged people to fight quarantine fatigue as temperatures reached the 90s over the weekend.
“It’s going to be nice outside this weekend. You might be feeling cooped up. Ready for life to go back to “normal.” But can’t stress this enough: CA can only keep flattening the curve if we stay home and practice physical distancing. You have the power to literally save lives,” Newsome said in a tweet.
While warmer weather is on the horizon, it remains unclear whether popular summer spots like the beach will be open to sunbathers.