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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[1], cancer, diabetes and more.[2] The UK experienced a dramatic increase in dementia deaths during the lockdown.[3] Fully two-thirds of excess deaths in nursing homes were not COVID related[4], while at the same time about 40% of hospital beds remained unoccupied.[5]

There has been a significant increase of people dying at home from non-COVID causes as well,[6] including depression and other mental health issues.[7] In Australia, from March to August 2020, six times as many people died from suicide than from COVID.[8] In Japan, it stands at eight times.[9] Twenty-eight percent of parents in quarantine with their children are later diagnosed with a trauma-related health disorder.[10] In Israel, domestic violence reports increased by 95%,[11] and there was a 40% increase in anxiety and depression during the lockdown.[12] By October 2020 after a steady increase, fully 20% of the Israeli public had been diagnosed with high or very high levels of depression[13] and 30% with high or extremely high anxiety.[14] 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.[15] 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."[16]


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Footnotes:

[1]:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/08/27/heart-attacks-detected-treated-fell-40-per-cent-covid-pandemic/

[2]:

16,000 people died because they didn't get medical care between March 23 and May 1”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8605885/Lockdown-killed-two-people-three-died-coronavirus.html

[4]:

“Staggering number” of extra deaths in community is not explained by covid-19”

https://www.bmj.com/content/369/bmj.m1931

[6]:

Between March and September 2020, there were 24,387 more deaths in England than expected in private home”

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-54598728

[8]:

There’s been over 1,200 suicides since March compared to just over 200 deaths with the virus.

https://7news.com.au/the-morning-show/gus-worland-talks-mental-health-during-covid-and-the-alarming-rate-of-suicide-in-australia-c-1221236

[9]:

self-inflicted deaths were up 600 year on year, with female suicides, about a third of the total, surging over 80%”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/japan-suicide-coronavirus-more-japanese-suicides-in-october-than-total-covid-deaths/

[11]:

Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel (ARCCI) saw a 95% increase in reporting”

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/domestic-abuse-reports-to-whatsapp-hotline-spike-by-95-percent-amid-covid-19-650109

[12]:

Haifa University reports a 300% increase in requests for psychological treatment”

https://www.ynetnews.com/magazine/article/S1eZC9OHw

[13]:

“15% increase in referrals to psychiatric clinics since pandemic’s start”

https://www.jpost.com/health-science/coronavirus-research-one-in-five-israelis-suffer-from-depression-650808

[14]:

Just 5% of the 804-strong sample think health represents the biggest threat”

http://www.timesofisrael.com/pandemic-plunging-israelis-to-depression-depleting-bounce-back-ability/


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