Fintan O’Toole: It’s not the public that has Covid fatigue – it’s the State

There are worrying signs that those managing the pandemic are losing the ability to concentrate on what matters

 Stephen Donnelly: the Minister for Health signed into law the statutory instrument  requiring pubs and restaurants to “retain and make available” to the Garda and the HSE all information on their customers – including the food they ordered – for 28 days.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Stephen Donnelly: the Minister for Health signed into law the statutory instrument requiring pubs and restaurants to “retain and make available” to the Garda and the HSE all information on their customers – including the food they ordered – for 28 days. Photograph: Alan Betson

The people who are managing the pandemic are only human. And one of the things that happens to humans after six months of relentless pressure is that they become exhausted. This is nothing to ashamed of – if anything, it is evidence of the great effort they have put in. But we need to recognise the signs of what is happening: a worrying loss of concentration on what matters. 

I know what happens to me when I’m tired but carry on working. I lose focus. I let my mind wander. I disappear down the Google wormhole. I start looking for figures on religious vocations in Ireland and end up reading about the debates on the nature of the Trinity at the Council of Nicea in AD325.

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