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As pandemic’s tide begins to turn, stay motivated in COVID-19 fight

Feb 10, 2021

Marathoners call it hitting the wall. It’s that point in the race when runners suddenly lose energy, sometimes accompanied by muscle cramps and confusion.

Nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, do you feel like a marathon runner who has hit that proverbial wall? Do you find you’re losing motivation to keep up behaviors such as wearing a mask and avoiding close contact with others?

Last fall, Interact for Health surveyed 879 Greater Cincinnati adults for the Greater Cincinnati COVID-19 Health Issues Survey. It found that many adults are practicing common sense measures to prevent COVID-19. The vast majority of adults reported that they frequently wash their hands (96%), use hand sanitizer (89%), maintain social distancing (89%), wear masks indoors (90%) or wear masks outdoors (73%).

However, only 58% of adults said they were following all five recommendations.

Vaccination, when it’s available to you, is another critical practice. I encourage you to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine — resources are available at interactforhealth.org/covid-19-vaccine — and then get the vaccine when your turn comes.

But we also need to keep taking steps to limit our exposure to COVID-19—even after we get the vaccine. These steps include:

  • Continuing to wear masks when we are around people from outside our household. Remember to cover your nose and mouth.
  • Practicing social distancing by staying 6 feet from those who are not in our household and continuing to gather virtually when we can.
  • Maintaining healthy hygiene habits—washing hands often and using hand sanitizer.

The last 11 months have been difficult for our region and our nation. We have likely hit the wall and pulled ourselves back up many times. Yet it is imperative that we maintain our resolve to fight the virus so our region can not only survive the pandemic but also be in a position to once again thrive.

A medida que la marea de la pandemia comienza a cambiar, Mantente motivado en la pelea de COVID-19

Los maratonistas lo llaman golpear la pared. Es ese punto de la carrera en el que los corredores pierden energía de repente, a veces acompañado de calambres musculares y confusión.

Casi un año después de la pandemia de COVID-19, ¿se siente como un corredor de maratón que ha alcanzado esa pared proverbial? ¿Encuentra que está perdiendo la motivación para mantener comportamientos como usar un tapabocas y evitar el contacto cercano con los demás?

El otoño pasado, Interact for Health encuestó a 879 adultos de Cincinnati para la encuesta  Greater Cincinnati COVID-19 Health Issues Survey. Descubrió que muchos adultos practican el sentido común de medidas para prevenir el COVID-19. La gran mayoría de los adultos informaron que se lavan con frecuencia sus manos (96%), usan desinfectante de manos (89%), mantienen el distanciamiento social (89%), usan tapabocas adentro  (90%) o usan tapabocas afuera (73%).

Sin embargo, solo el 58% de los adultos dijeron que estaban siguiendo las cinco recomendaciones.

La vacunación, cuando está disponible para usted, es otra práctica fundamental. Te animo a aprender más sobre la vacuna del COVID-19; los recursos están disponibles en interactforhealth.org/covid-19-Vaccine y luego reciba la vacuna cuando llegue su turno.

Pero también debemos seguir tomando medidas para limitar nuestra exposición al COVID-19, incluso después de obtener la vacuna. Estos pasos incluyen:

  • Continuar usando tapabocas cuando estamos cerca de personas ajenas a nuestro hogar. Recuerde cubrirse la nariz y la boca.
  • Practicar el distanciamiento social manteniéndose a 6 pies de aquellos que no están en nuestro hogar y continuar reuniéndonos virtualmente cuando podemos.
  • Mantener hábitos de higiene saludables: lavarse las manos con frecuencia y usar desinfectante para manos.

Los últimos 11 meses han sido difíciles para nuestra región y nuestra nación. Probablemente hayamos chocado contra la pared y nos volvimos a levantar muchas veces. Sin embargo, es imperativo que mantengamos nuestra determinación de combatir el virus para que nuestra región no sólo pueda sobrevivir a la pandemia, sino que también esté en condiciones de prosperar de nuevo.


Dr. O’dell Moreno Owens is the president and chief executive officer of Interact for Health and InterAct for Change. Dr. Owens is a reproductive endocrinologist. He earned an MD, an OB/GYN residency and a master’s of public health degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He also obtained a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at Harvard Medical School. In recent years, Dr. Owens has served as the Hamilton County Coroner, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College President, and Interim Health Commissioner and Medical Director of the Cincinnati Health Department. 

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