Critics of school lockdowns and closures to stop Covid-19 have likened the effects to child abuse.
And now that new data points to deeply disturbing long-term psychological damage, it looks like they were right.
Complying with the new age medical maxim that orders “everyone to stop living so they don’t die” is not a way of life. Yet this is exactly how millions of young people have been forced to cope with a disease which, in the vast majority of cases, poses no more risk to their health than riding a bicycle or crossing an intersection. .
And while the social isolation of young people may have spared a tiny fraction of the coronavirus contraction, the total impact of these measures on the mental well-being of this demographic group has been a disastrous compromise.
The results of the most inhuman human experiment ever are known and we should all be ashamed of having let it happen.
In a white paper published by the association FAIR Health, the consequences of the lockouts on the mental health of American students reveal what many people already know: “School closures, having to learn at a distance and isolate oneself from friends due to social estrangement have been sources of stress and loneliness. The real shock, however, is how this statement plays out in real life. In March and April 2020, at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, mental health claims for this young population exploded by 97.0% and 103.5%, respectively, compared to the same months in 2019.
To break it down even further, there has been a dramatic surge in cases involving “intentional self-harmBy using a handgun, a sharp object, and even crashing into a vehicle, as the most common examples. The incidence rate of these destructive behaviors among 13-18 year olds jumped 90.71% in March 2020 compared to March 2019. The increase was even larger when compared to April 2020 to April 2019, almost doubling (99 , 83%). The month of August 2020 was particularly active in the northeastern sector of the country, posting an increase of 333.93%.
Likewise, significant increases were observed in the 19 to 22 age group, but not quite as pronounced as in the 13 to 18 age group.
Another sign that young Americans suffered from excessive psychological distress during the pandemic is observable from the rate of overdoses and drug addiction. For people aged 13 to 18, overdoses increased by 94.91% in March 2020 and by 119.31% in April 2020 compared to the same periods of the previous year. Meanwhile, substance use disorders increased in March (64.64%) and April (62.69%) 2020, compared to 2019.
In a sample drawn from the 6 to 12 age groups, increases in obsessive-compulsive disorder increased in March 2020 (up 26.8%) and persisted through November (6.7%). At the same time, the nervous tic increased by about 28.7 percent in November. Another trend worth mentioning is that before the onset of the pandemic, women in the 13-18 age group accounted for 66 percent of total mental health claims; from March 2020, the percentage rose to 71% for women against 29% for men.
FAIR’s findings are supported by other important studies, including one from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which found higher rates of suicide attempts in February, March, April, and July 2020 compared to the same months in 2019. .
The unacceptable part of this tragedy is that children are known to be incredibly resistant to the coronavirus. According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the “the majority of children do not develop symptoms when infected with the virus, or they develop a very mild form of the disease. “And among their peers at school,”outbreaks have not been a prominent feature of the COVID-19 pandemic. ”
At the same time, scientific studies have proven that children are not Covid-19 “super spreaders,This means that their teachers would be at low risk of infection. In other words, there is absolutely no reason for children not to return to school, study and socialize side by side with their friends in a learning atmosphere.
Some places in the United States have started to emerge. The Republican states of Arkansas, Florida, South Dakota, and more recently Texas, encouraged by falling infection rates and a nationwide push for vaccines, have completely reopened businesses and schools.
President Joe Biden, however, betrayed the harsh political rigor behind Covid-19 when he criticized decisions like “Neanderthal thought.In any case, while America’s gradual opening up is a welcome sign of good mental health, it seems the damage has already been done to the mental state of her youth. In fact, I find the consequences on a par with those of the trauma suffered during the war, and in some ways even worse. Not unless it was self-inflicted.
Covid-19, or rather our responses, had all the destructive force of a hydrogen bomb – albeit silent – that fell right in the middle of our communities and sucked in precious life. Now entire families are forced to “shelter in place” from an enemy they cannot see, while businesses, schools and even churches – the essential meeting places that give people hope and force – were forced to close their doors.
Children have learned to look at each other with suspicion, as in chemical factories capable of infecting and even killing, as opposed to other human beings who can provide love, comfort and support. I feel here that the medical authorities who imposed this prolonged lockdown on young people have lost the right to practice medicine again – and a similar fate should await the politicians who sanctioned it.
Let’s be clear. We are not talking about the Black Death of the 14th century, where entire towns were wiped out and bodies piled up in the streets as people fled to remote villages and countryside to escape certain death. Not by far. Yes, it is important to take precautions against this virus, but catching Covid is not a death sentence; it is estimated that 99.75% of those infected can expect to make a full recovery, while incidences of children dying from the coronavirus are extremely rare.
In the vast majority of cases, those who succumb to Covid are the elderly already weakened by “comorbidities. While every death is regrettable, the kind of deaths we face do not justify the lockdown of Main Street, let alone businesses, churches and schools. He would have been much more humane if the elderly and the sick had been selected for special protection, while the rest of the world was devoted to life.
Instead, we did the most unreasonable thing imaginable, forcing young children – at the most important times in their lives – to adhere to social distancing rules while closing their schools and imprisoning them in their homes. It is simply a cruel and unusual punishment. In short, it is child abuse. We ignored the warning about where this allegorical road opened “good intentionsCan lead us, and that’s exactly where millions of children are today. Trapped in a mental hell of the adult world. I pray that one day they will forgive us.
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