During the lockdowns, a broad spectrum of medical professionals observed that people were not receiving proper medical treatment. It is believed that this has led to an increase in deaths from heart attacks, cancer, diabetes and more. The UK experienced a dramatic increase in dementia deaths during the lockdown. Fully two-thirds of excess deaths in nursing homes were not COVID related, while at the same time about 40% of hospital beds remained unoccupied.
There has been a significant increase of people dying at home from non-COVID causes as well, including depression and other mental health issues. In Australia, from March to August 2020, six times as many people died from suicide than from COVID. In Japan, it stands at eight times. Twenty-eight percent of parents in quarantine with their children are later diagnosed with a trauma-related health disorder. In Israel, domestic violence reports increased by 95%, and there was a 40% increase in anxiety and depression during the lockdown. By October 2020 after a steady increase, fully 20% of the Israeli public had been diagnosed with high or very high levels of depression and 30% with high or extremely high anxiety. Even the elderly, who are at the highest risk from COVID, led protests against the “lockdowns”, stating that they’d rather die from COVID than from loneliness. A meta-analysis of over 100 studies on the cost/benefits of lockdowns concluded that "Lockdowns are not just an inefficient policy, they must rank as one of the greatest peacetime policy disasters of all time."
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16,000 people died because they didn't get medical care between March 23 and May 1”
“Extra 10,000 dementia deaths in England and Wales in April”
“Staggering number” of extra deaths in community is not explained by covid-19”
“NHS hospitals have four times more empty beds than normal”
“Between March and September 2020, there were 24,387 more deaths in England than expected in private home”
“The psychological impact of quarantine”
There’s been over 1,200 suicides since March compared to just over 200 deaths with the virus.
“self-inflicted deaths were up 600 year on year, with female suicides, about a third of the total, surging over 80%”
“This is arguably the largest psychological experiment ever conducted”
“Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel (ARCCI) saw a 95% increase in reporting”
“Haifa University reports a 300% increase in requests for psychological treatment”
“15% increase in referrals to psychiatric clinics since pandemic’s start”
“Just 5% of the 804-strong sample think health represents the biggest threat”
“Rather die from COVID than loneliness”