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We must hold a steady course on our response to covid-19

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EARLY on in the pandemic, we heard a lot about behavioural fatigue – the hunch that people would quickly grow tired of restrictions on their lives and throw caution to the wind. It was a factor in the reluctance of the UK government to go into lockdown too quickly, a delay that led to the virus getting out of hand.

We don’t hear very much about behavioural fatigue any more. We feel it. The prospect of further restrictions or even “circuit breaker” lockdowns (see “Should we plan for regular ‘circuit-breaker’ coronavirus lockdowns?”) is greeted with dread, and …

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