How to deal with a year of accumulated burnout from working at home


Nilufar Ahmed, University of Bristol

Over the past year, our lives have seen extensive changes which have led to many of us feeling a sense of exhaustion and burnout.

The luckiest among us have been able to remove ourselves from harm’s way and work from home during the pandemic. We now spend our days looking at a screen, with a great deal of our communication taking place via video calls. This has led to what has been termed “zoom fatigue”, where our brains are exhausted from overstimulation.

Aside from the eye strain of looking at a screen all day (if we are not looking at a computer, we’re often looking at our TV or our phone), our sense of space is disrupted by video meetings. Suddenly, everyone is much closer than they would be in a pre-pandemic meeting.

In the 1960s, the anthropologist Edward Hall described how our relationships operate within socially accepted distances. Close family and intimate relationships occur within a proximity of half a metre. For close friends, this distance extends to about 1.2 metres.

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Conspiracy theories: why are they thriving in the pandemic?

Rod Dacombe, King’s College London

We’ve all seen them. Those posts shared by friends of friends on Facebook, that jaw-dropping tweet you can scarcely believe was not immediately deleted. Alongside social distancing and Zoom meetings, it seems that one inescapable symptom of the pandemic is the proliferation of conspiracy theories on social media.

Conspiracy theories are distinct from other forms of misinformation and falsehood. They are particular ways in which we make sense of the complex and sometimes disturbing world around us. They have also long been seen as a particularly political phenomenon. The American historian Richard Hofstadter famously referred to such ideas as underpinning a “paranoid style” of political thinking, replete with “heated exaggeration, suspiciousness, and conspiratorial fantasy”.

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Podcast Diario Prevenzione – 28 luglio 2020 – Puntata n° 72




In questa puntata parliamo di

– Alcune riflessioni sul Convegno “Covid-19 tra informazione, scienza e diritto”. Salvini Sgarbi e altri si esercitano per una narrazione della pandemia che non corrisponde alla realtà. Salvini, proprio nel corso del Convegno che ha avuto la massima copertura mediatica scivola in un paradosso della comunicazione : “La libertà di pensiero è un bene a rischio. I bollettini dei contagi sono terrorismo mediatico”……
– Le priorità di ricerca per mitigare/contrastare gli effetti della pandemia sulla salute mentale della popolazione: il Position Paper britannico
– Brasile, Covid-19: la nuova normalità del nuovo fascismo
– Una ricerca del sindacato turco DISK sugli effetti di Covid-19 sulle condizioni di lavoro e di vita in Turchia
– Ancora morti e gravi incidenti sul lavoro.
– In Brasile si sta compiendo un genocidio”. Lettera di Frei Betto contro Bolsonaro
– Molte altre notizie sulla sicurezza sul lavoro

P.S. Errata corrige: E’ stato Salvini, in questo Convegno, e non Sgarbi a dichiarare “Non metto la mascherina”.