KUALA LUMPUR: There is a need to address “caution fatigue” among many Malaysians in the battle against Covid-19, says Alliance for Safe Community chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (pic).
Unless this was addressed, he said it could lead to complacency, thus negating all the efforts that the country had put in place to curb the contagion.
A CNN report last month quoted an American medical professor who defined caution fatigue as something that happened “when people show low motivation or energy to comply with safety guidelines”.
The sense of immediacy would fade away and people no longer disinfect their hands as often or they make more unnecessary trips, the report said.
In a statement yesterday, Lee urged Malaysians to continue to be vigilant.
“While we are proud that many people are wearing face masks in public places, there are still many who are not doing so in crowded places where there is the possibility of the spread of the disease, ” he said.
He also noted that some people would pull their face masks down to their chin instead of wearing it properly.
As for social distancing, he said many people were not abiding by the rule.
“Everyone has the responsibility to ensure that there is no Covid-19 resurgence as has happened in some countries, ” he said.
He called for self-discipline, self-control and self-enforcement.
Ordinary folk were now the new “frontliners” in the fight against the coronavirus, he said.
“Doctors, nurses and other medical workers were the original frontliners who have done a superb job in flattening the curve, ” he said.
“While they continue to bear the main responsibility of keeping us safe, it is now up to the rest of us to do the the work as the new frontliners.
“We cannot rule out the risk or possibility of a Covid-19 resurgence if we let our guard down and are complacent.
“We have done well since the outbreak and our efforts in flattening the curve have been recognised.
“We are on the road to recovery, so we must do everything possible to ensure our efforts will not be in vain.”