Zoom Fatigue Syndrome

Zoom Fatigue Syndrome

Zoom Fatigue Syndrome

Are you overwhelmed with online video information?

Do you have muscle aches from sitting in front of your computer hour after hour? Are you guilty or anxious about refusing to sign up for another webinar or Zoom conference or pull a no-show once you have?

You might be suffering from Zoom Fatigue Syndrome. USA Today described the new form of exhaustion as "the feeling of tiredness, anxiousness or worry with yet another video call."

If you are concerned and can't find much information on Medscape or the Mayo Clinic website about the syndrome, here are some things you might want to know:

  1. There is no accurate test for the disease or whether you have had the disease and now have antibodies to future break-outs.
  2. Here are some ways to treat it.
  3. The causes are technical, mental, social, and physical.
  4. Maybe it's time to boost your Wi-Fi speed at home.
  5. Rethink your home online studio.
  6. At this point, it is unclear whether there will be a second or third wave once you have recovered.
  7. That person in your contact list that you haven't spoken with in 5 years is probably no different from the last time you called her. There was a reason you ghosted her.
  8. Be sure nothing shows up in the background that you don't want on You Tube for the rest of your life.
  9. Fix your Zoom settings.
  10. Don't drink and Zoom in excess.
  11. There is no CPT code for Zoom fatigue.
  12. The only way to check to see if you have it is to make a telemedicine appointment on Zoom.
  13. Here's why Zoom makes you feel empty.
  14. If you think most people are annoying or you just want to stick with the 3- 5 close personal friends you have anyway, then maybe the antidote to Zoom fatigue is to join The Thoreau Society and live in a 10' x 16' cabin. Even Thoreau walked to town every now and then. After all, he was the ultimate social distancer.

Do not confuse innovation fatigue with Zoom fatigue.

Contrary to claims from government officials, hydroxychloroquine is not an effective treatment.

Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA is the President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs on Twitter@ArlenMD and Facebook page.

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  • Tracy Stott

    Actually I am having a lot of fun while using Zoom

  • Lewis McKernan

    Miss speaking to people face to face

  • James Palmer

    Morning and evening reunions are painful

  • Andy Harris

    I can't stand video calling my boss everyday

  • Tom Marc

    Hydroxychloroquine is dangerous

  • Richard Sheppard

    Where is Skype? :D

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Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA

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Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA is a professor emeritus of otolaryngology, dentistry, and engineering at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Colorado School of Public Health and President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs at www.sopenet.org. He has created several medical device and digital health companies. His primary research centers around biomedical and health innovation and entrepreneurship and life science technology commercialization. He consults for and speaks to companies, governments, colleges and universities around the world who need his expertise and contacts in the areas of bio entrepreneurship, bioscience, healthcare, healthcare IT, medical tourism -- nationally and internationally, new product development, product design, and financing new ventures. He is a former Harvard-Macy fellow and In 2010, he completed a Fulbright at Kings Business, the commercialization office of technology transfer at Kings College in London. He recently published "Building the Case for Biotechnology." "Optical Detection of Cancer", and " The Life Science Innovation Roadmap". He is also an associate editor of the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology and Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship and Editor-in-Chief of Medscape. In addition, He is a faculty member at the University of Colorado Denver Graduate School where he teaches Biomedical Entrepreneurship and is an iCorps participant, trainer and industry mentor. He is the Chief Medical Officer at www.bridgehealth.com and www.cliexa.com and Chairman of the Board at GlobalMindED at www.globalminded.org, a non-profit at risk student success network. He is honored to be named by Modern Healthcare as one of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives of 2011 and nominated in 2012 and Best Doctors 2013.

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