Societal Response To Covid: A Longitudinal Exploration Via Gas Model Of Stress

This paper explores the general stress response patterns of the masses to the covid pandemic induced situations across three different time periods, in relation to the General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS) model proposed by Hans Selye. The time periods considered where – when the pandemic hit, when people maintained social distancing and when covid, persisted beyond all attempts of resistance. Time periods were decided in adherence to the GAS model and explain general human reaction to stressors in three distinctive steps – an initial alarm phase that is followed by a stage of resistance, which would exhaust the organism in case of persistent exposure. Covid pandemic assumes much importance in terms of persistent exposure and the GAS Model based interpretation provides a better understanding. News reports with outstanding behavioural phenomena in relation to the pandemic was picked out, and interpreted on the basis of General Adaptation Model. The Alarm Reaction stage showed how unsure people respond, resort to trust those in power and adhere to their guidelines. The second stage – resistance – showed people depleting their savings while combating and then the third stage, when as the model suggests people became reluctant and gave up on precautions which was an expectation of the Exhaustion (third) stage. The laxation on safety regulations once considered prime pillars of covid defence has rebuffed the rate of infection and resulted in the loss of many other lives, yet again.