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The year of blur

The New York Times, Oct. 31, 2020

October 31, 2020

The year of blur

It is a “cascading series of events that just doesn’t seem to stop,” said Alison Holman, a professor of nursing and psychological science at University of California, Irvine, who studies the psychological effects of shared crises, including the current pandemic. … In researching the psychological repercussions of devastating Southern California wildfires in the 1990s, Dr. Holman said that victims felt like “time slowed down” and “the days blurred together. … They feel a sense of a blur, like time is just a blur. This is particularly true of young people,” she added, “who have a lot of life ahead of them.”