Months-long isolation will take its toll on people’s mental health, experts say
An epidemiologist says social isolation could lead to a range of mental health issues as people face the prospect of living under the current COVID-19 restrictions for months.
The isolation as well as the uncertainty about how long it will last and how the pandemic will play out can all contribute to increased anxiety.
“We humans are ultimately social. We’re social creatures and we do need interaction — physical and social — with others.
Galea, who studied the impacts of quarantine during the SARS epidemic in Toronto, says isolation can contribute to a range of mental disorders like anxiety and depression, but can also trigger heavier consumption of drugs and alcohol, and even post-traumatic stress disorder.
500 doctors tell Trump to end the coronavirus shutdown, say it will cause more deaths
Hundreds of doctors wrote a letter to President Trump this week asking him to end the coronavirus shutdown, saying it is a “mass casualty incident” spurring deaths from other factors such as substance abuse and suicides.
The letter, shared online, estimates about 150,000 Americans each month that the shutdown remains in place would have had new cancer detected, millions more are missing dental exams that could discover problems linked to heart disease, while others are experiencing domestic violence like child abuse.
“Suicide hotline phone calls have increased 600%,” the letter sent to the president on Tuesday read.
It also notes liquor sales have increased 300 to 600 percent, and cigarette sales have also gone up.
The letter adds, “We are alarmed at what appears to be the lack of consideration for the future health of our patients. … It is impossible to overstate the short, medium, and long-term harm to people’s health with a continued shutdown.”
California doctors say they’ve seen more deaths from suicide than coronavirus since lockdowns
Kacey Hansen, a trauma center nurse at John Muir Medical Center for more than 30 years, says she’s worried not only about the increased suicide attempts but also about the hospital’s ability to save as many patients as usual.
Suicide has been an increasingly significant problem across the country as the coronavirus outbreak caused stay-at-home orders that led to unemployment and stress.
A study published in early May suggested that the coronavirus could lead to at least 75,000 deaths directly brought on by anxiety from the virus, job losses, and addiction to alcohol and drugs.
CDC Director Compares Rate of Suicides to COVID-19 Deaths
Center for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield said in a Buck Institute webinar that suicides and drug overdoses have surpassed the death rate for COVID-19 among high school students. Redfield argued that lockdowns and lack of public schooling constituted a disproportionally negative impact on young peoples’ mental health.
More people die at home from cancer, heart disease & dementia in UK since start of Covid-19 pandemic
Cancer and other leading causes of death have claimed a higher number of UK lives in private homes this year, new data shows. Hospital admissions for non-coronavirus conditions significantly decreased during the pandemic.
Deaths from heart disease among men at private homes in England has been 26 percent higher than the five-year average since the start of the pandemic, UK media reported, citing the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Similarly, deaths from bowel cancer among men have gone up 46 percent.
Deaths from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease have increased 75 percent for women, and deaths from breast cancer have gone up 47 percent.
Suicide claimed more Japanese lives in October than 10 months of COVID
If you are advocating for lockdowns, you are complicit in tearing families apart. You are complicit in inflicting untold suffering on millions of people around the world. You are complicit in casting the poorest and most vulnerable in our societies into even further grinding poverty. You are complicit in murder.
Dead at 31 after her chemo was ‘paused’ due to Covid: Abandoned by the NHS, they are the cancer sufferers fighting for their lives – or in one mother’s case mourned by her family… so who is fighting for THEM?
ged just 31 and with a six-year-old son she doted upon, Kelly Smith had everything to live for.
But the ‘vivacious’ beautician, who was suffering from bowel cancer, was robbed of her future when the pandemic hit.
Doctors told her in March that her chemotherapy was being paused for three months. Her cancer spread and she died on June 13.
Hospitals desperate to clear beds for Covid patients cancelled virtually all procedures, including vital tests and operations, when the country shut down on March 23.
Many had their diagnosis delayed while others, especially those with secondary cancers, such as Miss Smith, who were relying on treatments, drug trials or surgery to buy them time, missed out on procedures, leaving them facing curtailed life-spans.
The backlog is so long that 3 million are now waiting for screening, says Cancer Research UK.
Charities estimate up to 35,000 extra deaths next year may be caused by cancer as a result of the pandemic.
As the UK teeters on the brink of a second wave, doctors, campaigners and MPs are demanding the Government prevents a similar shut down of cancer care.
If they don’t, the NHS will be left with a cancer time-bomb, with tens of thousands dying in the months and years to come, they say.