Did the Coronavirus Pandemic Give You FOGO, the Fear of Going Out?

If you've ever fallen victim to FOMO, this new trend may be completely uncharted territory for you. That's where the new coronavirus-induced trend, FOGO, comes in - the fear of going out.

With states beginning to reopen and restaurants taking reservations, some are rushing to get their hands on their first boozy brunch in months. Others, on the other hand, are more skeptical about the whole thing.

You may be allowed to get your hair cut and go shopping now, but that doesn't mean most people actually are. The reasons to avoid going out vary from person to person.

Someone refusing to return to the outside world could range from health scares to dreading socialization all of a sudden.

Forbes contributor Jodie Cook explains, "Now there [is] a genuine fear of going out, and we're truly better off staying in. It's transpired that lockdown has taught us much about our true selves."

"Fear of catching the deadly virus is one thing and apprehension about re-entering society may be another. But lockdown has given us a break from the endless pressure to engage, perform, go out, and be the person out networks expect us to be," she continues.

Meanwhile, people who are afraid to return to life as normal may be onto something, as states like Florida, Texas, and Arizona experience a second wave of coronavirus cases.

That said, people are slowly inching towards returning to normal. While 91% of Americans avoided traveling by public modes of transportation in late March and early April, that number jumped to just 74% by late May.

Additionally, those avoiding shops and restaurants went down from 79% to 56% in the same timeframe, according to a Gallup poll.

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