Madrid, Mar 31 (EFE) .- 47 percent of young people in their twenties declare themselves affected by pandemic fatigue after a year of covid, like 25 percent of the generation of their parents and grandparents who also claim to have suffered it .

These are data collected in the survey carried out by “Cofares Trends”, presented in the report “One year of covid-19 (I): The effects of pandemic fatigue”, on a sample of 1,000 people over 18 years of age, with quotas for sex, age and area in a nationally representative manner.

The World Health Organization (WHO) describes pandemic fatigue as a “state of psychological exhaustion due to the restrictions and precautions that are recommended during a pandemic.”

More than eight in ten respondents have experienced pandemic fatigue at some time this year, with 88.6% of women and 83% of men.

86.5% of Spaniards claim to have felt sad; 80.7% have suffered fatigue; 78.7% irritability; 74.9% defenseless; 74% concentration difficulties; 70.3% insomnia, and 40.2% loss of appetite.

The demand for sleep relaxants, in the form of valerians and sleeping pills, has risen 11 percent, according to the survey.

Almost 47 percent of the youngest say they felt sad; 25.3% of those over 55 years of age also claim to have felt sadness.

52 percent of young people between 18 and 25 years of age confirm that they have felt tired, a figure that drops to 20.1% in those over 55 who were consulted.

The hardest thing to cope with, respondents say, are restrictions on social relationships (55.1 percent).

The uncertainty generated by the media (25.4%) and the incorporation of safety measures -use of the mask, social distance and hand washing- (13.5%) have been situations experienced with difficulty.

67.8 percent of those surveyed claim to have sought solutions to pandemic fatigue.

Among them, physical exercise (47.6%), purchase of products of natural origin (25.4%), vitamins (17.8%), meditation or mindfulness (14.6%), prescription anxiolytic products (11 , 8%) and professional psychological care (8.7 percent).

Coexistence at home and work compatibility have been the factors that Spaniards have most easily coped with during this pandemic year, according to data from “Cofares Trends”, since only 6% claim to have had difficulties.

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