California Doctors: Suicides Causing More Deaths Than The Virus
Doctors around the world have warned that the direct effects of the coronavirus are far from the only public health dangers facing humanity during this time of uncertainty. In a letter to President Trump this week, 600 doctors urged the government to end the national lockdown, citing everything from increased poverty to skipped surgeries as leading to just as many – if not more – fatalities as the virus itself. And in a conversation with ABC 7 News this week, a doctor in Walnut Creek, California said that suicides have spiked drastically since the pandemic hit American shores .
“The numbers are unprecedented,” Dr. Mike DeBoisblanc of John Muir Medical Center told the news outlet. He said that he’s seen a “year’s worth of suicides” in the last month alone.
He said it was time for California officials to seriously consider ending the shutdown and urge people to get back out into the community for the sake of mental health and stability.
“Personally, I think it’s time,” he said. “I think, originally, this was put in place to flatten the curve and to make sure hospitals have the resources to take care of COVID patients. We have the current resources to do that, and our other community health is suffering.”
DeBoisblanc is not the only doctor at the hospital concerned about the coronavirus’s collateral damage. Trauma center nurse Kacey Hansen told ABC 7 that she’s worried about the hospital’s ability to care for all of the patients coming in from self-inflicted wounds.
“What I have seen recently, I have never seen before,” she said. “I have never seen so much intentional injury.”
Two weeks ago, CBS News ran a story about a study that showed that the ramifications of shutdown-related stress could lead to widespread disaster:
COVID-19 has directly claimed tens of thousands of U.S. lives, but conditions stemming from the novel coronavirus — rampant unemployment, isolation and an uncertain future — could lead to 75,000 deaths from drug or alcohol abuse and suicide, new research suggests.
Deaths from these causes are known as “deaths of despair.” And the COVID-19 pandemic may be accelerating conditions that lead to such deaths.
“Deaths of despair are tied to multiple factors, like unemployment, fear and dread, and isolation. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were already an unprecedented number of deaths of despair. We wanted to estimate how this pandemic would change that number moving forward,” said one of the study’s authors, Benjamin Miller. He’s chief strategy officer for the Well Being Trust in Oakland, Calif.
The left keeps pretending that people like Trump, Ron DeSantis, and the protesters in Michigan are just concerned about the Dow Jones Industrial Average and their ability to go get a haircut in peace. It’s such a facile, pathetic way of looking at it. Indeed, for as much as the left like to portray their ideological enemies as “anti-science,” it is the lockdown maniacs who are ignoring the data. And unless we want to actually make the “cure worse than the disease,” it’s time to take a step back and seriously evaluate what continued shutdowns could do to our society.