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Concerns Over Latest Surge Giving Some 'COVID Whiplash'

A sign warning people to wear masks due to COVID-19 at Torrey Pines State Beach, Feb. 26, 2021.
KPBS Staff
A sign warning people to wear masks due to COVID-19 at Torrey Pines State Beach, Feb. 26, 2021.
A new spike in COVID infections is causing concerned San Diegans to revisit their pandemic anxieties.

Between spiking case rates and the potential return of a mask mandate, San Diegans are struggling to make sense of the latest COVID surge.

As county residents continue to face this ongoing pandemic uncertainty, the term “COVID Whiplash” is being used to describe the current situation - along with the increase in anxiety, trauma and exhaustion that come with it.

Kim Eisenberg is a licensed clinical social worker and the lead therapist of the Sharp Mesa Vista PTSD and Trauma Recovery Program.

"Part of what's cultivating so much fear and anxiety and anger in people is the sense that we've just started to tap back into that community and that connection, and the prospect of having it taken away again is really destabilizing," Eisenberg said.

She joined Midday Edition on Tuesday to talk more about how the latest surge is affecting people mentally.