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Adults are throwing tantrums—in restaurants, planes and at home. Blame the pandemic

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The whipsaw of renewed gloom from the Covid-19 Delta variant following the burst of optimism from spring vaccinations makes the current pandemic phase more grueling than past ones, psychologists say  (Photo: iStock)Premium
The whipsaw of renewed gloom from the Covid-19 Delta variant following the burst of optimism from spring vaccinations makes the current pandemic phase more grueling than past ones, psychologists say  (Photo: iStock)

Restaurant servers, airline workers and customer-service trackers report a wave of blowups rooted in pandemic-related stress

In line recently at a Winn-Dixie supermarket in Florida, John DiDonna worried that a nearby shopper was standing too close for Covid-era comfort. Mr. DiDonna asked him to take a step back. The shopper, he says, stepped even closer.

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