The economic shutdown caused by COVID hysteria is well-documented. Few have taken notice of the human cost of shutting down the workforce and stopping all interpersonal social activity to a grinding halt.
“But there has been another cost that we’ve seen, particularly in high schools,” Redfield said. “We’re seeing, sadly, far greater suicides now than we are deaths from COVID. We’re seeing far greater deaths from drug overdose that are above excess that we had as background than we are seeing the deaths from COVID. So this is why I keep coming back for the overall social being of individuals, is let’s all work together and find out how we can find common ground to get these schools open in a way that people are comfortable and their safe.”
Roughly 146,000 people have died from COVID or COVID-related causes in the U.S., according to CDC data.
Where Redfield obtained his data is unknown, although a doctor at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, CA claimed the facility has “seen a year’s worth of suicide attempts in the last four weeks.” He did not say how many deaths occurred, or whether the statement was exaggerated for emphasis.
“What I have seen recently, I have never seen before,” Hansen said. “I have never seen so much intentional injury,” said a nurse from the same hospital.
And while health authorities will not have verified data regarding suicides and drug overdoses in 2020 for two more years, local reporting indicates that suicide fatalities have increased year-on-year.
According to the American Medical Association, “More than 35 states have reported increases in opioid-related mortality as well as ongoing concerns for those with a mental illness or substance use disorder in counties and other areas within the state.”
In Eagle County, Colorado, six suicides have been recorded, just one below the yearly average. Colorado on the whole recorded a 40 percent decrease in suicides in March and April, but the number of calls to Colorado Crisis Services increased 48 percent.
The Chicago Sun-Times looked specifically at black populations. In Cook County, Illinois, the number of suicide deaths is already higher than for all of 2019.
In Yakima County, Washington, the suicide rate has risen 30 percent, according to the county coroner.
Between March 15 and April 29, as many people commited suicide in Queens, New York than did between January 1 and April 29 the year prior.
The Pima County Health Department in Arizona has recorded an uptick in suicide rates as well.
Ulster County reported a significant increase in both suicides and drug overdoses, both fatal and non-fatal.
Many people were already isolated, anxious, and full of despair before they were prevented the dignity of work and the reprieve of social interaction. Life was not looking rosy for the younger populations who were facing increasingly dismal economic prospects and malicious life goals from the globohomo narrative. The materialistic nihilism that is the primary moral force in this country has not been kind to those who adhere to its principles. This was the last straw.
In the West, where we love to hate ourselves, it follows that we would see a rise in self-inflicted injury. In less developed parts of the world, however, the pain is coming from less proximal perpetrators. Few of the globalists seem concerned at the plight of people who were forced to open their markets internationally when those markets are dependent on affluent consumerism to keep going.
According to a new study by researchers from Johns Hopkins published in the Lancet medical journal, hunger caused by COVID shutdowns and restrictions is leading to the deaths of 10,000 children a month worldwide, and causing severe malnutrition, “wasting” and stunting in another 550,000 children.
Every single month.
The leaders of four major international agencies — including UNICEF, the World Food Program, and the the World Health Organization — are calling for restrictions to be eased.
“By having schools closed, by having primary health care services disrupted, by having nutritional programs dysfunctional, we are also creating harm,” said Victor Aguayo, the head of UNICEF’s nutrition program.
And it’s not just the effect of local shutdowns. Restrictions on retail and industry in one country can wreak havoc halfway around the world where parts and products are sourced from. Even low and middle income nations that ease their restrictions on industry still suffer because they have nowhere to sell their goods.
“Supply chains are in disarray,” the Associated Press writes. “The global economic downturn has brought supply chains to a standstill.”
And without incomes to feed families, children in those countries are the hardest hit.
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