Lock-downs or quarantines have throughout the ages been used as a policy for managing infectious illness. During epidemics and pandemics we have segregated the sick and the susceptible.
However the unprecedented response to Covid-19 has been to also severely restrict the healthy, and those in low risk age brackets.
This is a new experiment on a global scale which has had severely damaging effects on mental and physical health, relationships, education, employment, and widespread permanent closure of small and medium businesses.
The full impact will not be able to be identified for many years.
Deaths of despair are a very real long term consequence which alone are likely to exceed true Covid caused deaths.
The effectiveness of lock-down strategies in reducing the viral impact has never been supported by evidence-based science.
As the wave of deaths and hospitalizations subsides, many governments are increasingly mandating severe restrictions on freedom of movement.
It is becoming clearer that we are having Unalienable rights over-ridden by increasingly authoritarian dictates.
Draconian policies can not be justified.
Research and articles:
“To the contrary, we find a positive association between SIP (shelter in place, a US term for
lockdowns) policies and excess deaths,” four economists and scientists from the University of
Southern California and the Rand Corporation conclude in a working paper for the National Bureau
of Economic Research.
Mental Health–Related Emergency Department Visits Among Children Aged <18 Years During the COVID-19 Pandemic..
Excess Deaths Associated with COVID-19, by Age and Race and Ethnicity — United States, January 26–October 3, 2020
Losing life and livelihood: A systematic review and meta-analysis of unemployment and all-cause mortality
Losing life and livelihood_ A systematic review and meta-analysis of unemployment and all-cause mortality – ScienceDirect.pdf
“Ian Hickie, Australia’s former health commissioner and head of the Brain and Mind Centre, projected the number of annual deaths by suicide in Australia to rise from 3,000 to up to 4,500, with young people comprising nearly half that number.
“We are facing a situation where between an extra 750 and 1500 suicides may occur annually, this in addition to the 3000-plus lives that are lost to suicide already every year,” Hickie said.”
200,000 people could die because of delays in healthcare and economic effects of coronavirus lockdown, report warns
Lockdowns failed to alter the course of pandemic and are now destroying millions of livelihoods worldwide, JP Morgan study claims
1000s Of Cases But Zero Hospitalizations In Colleges: Good News But States Force Draconian Lockdowns
Lockdowns, Coronavirus, and Banks: “Following the Money”. Devastating Economic and Social Impacts: Full Article