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CHICAGO — The city is facing a spike in coronavirus cases, and the city’s top doctor thinks it’s being fueled by “COVID fatigue.”
Some of the increase in new cases is due to increased testing, but not all of it, said Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health. Instead, it appears the virus is seeing more spread again, in part because people are not taking safety precautions — like social distancing — because they’re tired of the pandemic and its restrictions, she said.
“I think people are getting COVID fatigue,” Arwady said Thursday. “I think this is real, that people are feeling like they’re tired of wearing their masks, they’re tired of social distancing, and they’re often letting their guard down.”
But the virus is still spreading, Arwady said, and the vast majority of new cases are coming from events and places where people feel safe, so they don’t follow safety precautions.
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For example, people aren’t wearing masks or social distancing when they’re gathering in small groups with family and friends because they …
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