That's the term that Dr. Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford Medical School uses to describe what has been inflicted on the American people via the Covid hoax. He describes this, and addresses other matters as well, in a nine minute interview at Just The News:
"It's going to be very difficult to undo" the public fixation on "disease avoidance" provoked by public health agency's COVID hypervigilance, said Jay Bhattacharya.
Here's a transcript of the relevant part of the interview:
Sophie Mann: Talking about fear, and being scared, do you think that the American public's understanding and attitude toward disease in general has changed over the last year? It seems like there's a lot more fear of a lot more things at this point, and the boundaries of American life, especially with an administration like the Baiden administration which has been so--in some cases--overly cautious about restrictions around the coronavirus. It seems like the attitude toward everyday life and the risk of contracting anything could really be on the rise in a permanent fashion in this country. Is that what you're seeing, and--if so--how do you think we should go about counteracting that?
Jay Bhattacharya: I mean, I am seeing that. I'm calling that the institutionalization of hypochondria. We basically have said, Look, the avoidance of disease is the central problem in your life--no matter who you are. It [the central problem in your life] is not taking care of your kids, it's not practicing your faith, it's not doing as well as you can in your profession--none of that is as important as avoiding disease. That's the message we've sent the American public for the last twelve months, fourteen months or so. And I think it's going to be very difficult to undo that. I do think people yearn to return to normal life and I think, given what we've seen, in the trends in the United States, that is gonna happen, it just will be slower to undo the harm that we've done to the American populace by creating this fear over the last fourteen months.
From Bhattacharya's Wikpedia page:
Jay Bhattacharya (born 1968 in Kolkata, India) is a professor of medicine at Stanford University and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He directs Stanford's Center for Demography and Economics of Health and Aging. Bhattacharya's research focuses on the health and well-being of populations, with a particular emphasis on the role of government programs, biomedical innovation, and economics.
Most recently, Bhattacharya has focused his research on the epidemiology of COVID-19 and evaluation of the various policy responses to the epidemic. He is a co-author of the Great Barrington Declaration, a document proposing a relaxation of social controls that delay the spread of COVID-19.