Death of despair: easily predictable effect of lockdowns
It has long been common knowledge amongst psychologists, psychiatrists, the wider medical community and even the general public that loneliness and isolation can be harmful to one's health and can even drive one to depression, mental instability, illness, suicide, etc. Personally, I knew COVID-19 lockdowns would cause negative fallout however I had no idea how bad that could have been - and, quite possibly was. According to a recent study (hat tip to Dr Paul Alexander for bringing it to my attention) the risk of some negative outcomes grew up significantly as a result of loneliness and social isolation. For example, the risk of stroke grew by 32%, according to the study (link below). Risk of many other cardiovascular ailments also increases if one is subjected to loneliness or social isolation.
How much COVID lockdowns increased illness and deaths caused by these negative factors is a legitimate topic for discussion. Proponents of lockdowns could still argue the COVID was such a threat that these lockdowns were justified regardless. But - correct me if I am wrong - but I am really struggling to recall a mainstream discussion of lockdowns where risks and benefits were weighed against each other, Not do I remember any focus on anything other than alleged benefits as far as COVID prevention went. And never mind the fact that this was essentially a Chinese initiative pushed through in spite of the fact that hardly any public health agencies had a full lockdown plan as part of their protocol.
This is one more piece of evidence demonstrating that those who decided to institute COVID lockdowns were at the very least uninformed and incompetent. There may also have been malice involved. These events need to be thoroughly investigated and, if criminal malice is discovered, those responsible need to be held to account.
What we did to people during COVID lockdown lunacy was MONSTROUS! Study shows that "Social isolation, loneliness raise risk of death from heart attack or stroke by nearly a third"
Paul Alexander, 9 August 2022
Social isolation, loneliness raise risk of death from heart attack or stroke by nearly a third
Study Finds, 6 August 2022
Effects of Objective and Perceived Social Isolation on Cardiovascular and Brain Health: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association
Crystal W. Cené, Theresa M. Beckie, Mario Sims, Shakira F. Suglia, et al., Journal of the American Heart Association, 4 August 2022