Date: December 20, 2020 11:15PM
I'd be interested to see a death count caused by lockdowns, but as with war, there seems to be little interest in collateral damage, because then we would question the narrative that everyone is at equal risk, and young and healthy need shutdown.
Economic damage kills people.
As Professor Gupta of Oxford said, the lockdowns are a luxury of the rich.
Talked to a mental health professional who said he's seeing many more people with anxiety and depression. He said they figure a 1.6% increase in suicides for every 1% increase in unemployment.
In addition, people afraid of covid have avoided healthcare, and many healthcare facilities were told to focus on covid (around here, didn't happen much). CEO's of Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic wrote as many could die from undiagnosed/untreated cancer and heart disease as from covid.https://newsroom.clevelandclinic.org/2020/06/09/how-many-more-will-die-from-fear-of-the-coronavirus/
Then you have the U.N. saying millions will die of starvation.https://www.france24.com/en/20200728-coronavirus-linked-hunger-kills-10-000-children-per-month-says-un
Some of the worst hunger still occurs in sub-Saharan Africa. In Sudan, 9.6 million people live from one meal to the next — a 65% increase from the same time last year.
"Lockdowns across Sudanese provinces, as around the world, have dried up work and incomes for millions. With inflation hitting 136 percent, prices for basic goods have more than tripled.
“It has never been easy but now we are starving, eating grass, weeds, just plants from the earth,” said Ibrahim Youssef, director of the Kalma camp for internally displaced people in war-ravaged south Darfur.
Adam Haroun, an official in the Krinding camp in west Darfur, recorded nine deaths linked with malnutrition, otherwise a rare occurrence, over the past two months — five newborns and four older adults, he said.
Before the pandemic and lockdown, the Abdullah family ate three meals a day, sometimes with bread, or they’d add butter to porridge. Now they are down to just one meal of “millet porridge” — water mixed with grain. Zakaria Yehia Abdullah, a farmer now at Krinding, said the hunger is showing “in my children’s faces.”
“I don’t have the basics I need to survive,” said the 67-year-old, who hasn’t worked the fields since April. “That means the 10 people counting on me can’t survive either.”