Friday, November 20, 2020

Cost of Lockdowns: A Preliminary Report

Cost of Lockdowns: A Preliminary Report

"In the debate over coronavirus policy, there has been far too little focus on the costs of lockdowns. It’s very common for the proponents of these interventions to write articles and large studies without even mentioning the downsides. 

Here is a brief look at the cost of stringencies in the United States, and around the world, including stay-at-home orders, closings of business and schools, restrictions on gatherings, shutting of arts and sports, restrictions on medical services, and interventions in the freedom of movement. Much, much more at link!

Mental Health

Mental Health DataSourceRegion
During late June 2020, 40% of US adults reported to be struggling with mental health or substance abuse.CDC (June 2020)US
Of adults surveyed, 10.7% had thoughts of suicide compared to 4.3% in 2018.CDC (August 2020)US
Reported symptoms of anxiety were three times higher than they were in Q2 2019 and reported symptoms of depression were four times higher than they were in Q2 2019.CDC (August 2020)US
Of individuals aged 18-24, 25.5% considered suicide.CDC (August 2020)US
In New York alone, Google searches increased for phrases and words: anxiety, panic attack, and insomnia.

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