Thursday, February 11, 2021

LANCET: "Government lockdowns cause substantial collateral health damage"



The highly respected medical journal, The Lancet, has published a letter calling for a cost-benefit analysis of COVID-19 related lockdowns.

The letter was written by G√ľnter Kampf of the Institute for Hygiene and Environmental Medicine, University Medicine Greifswald in Germany and Martin Kulldorff of the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

The letter reads:

We think government lockdowns cause substantial collateral health damage. For example, hospital admissions in the USA for emergency treatment of acute ischaemic strokes have been substantially lower in February–March, 2020, than in February–March, 2019, resulting in delayed treatment. Compared with a historical baseline, UK nursing homes and hospices saw an increase in the number of deaths between February and June, 2020, associated with acute coronary syndrome (a 41% increase), stroke (a 39% increase), and heart failure (a 25% increase).
The situation is similar for patients with cancer. In German hospitals, cancer cases decreased during the first national lockdown between March 12 and April 19, 2020: by 13·9% for breast cancer, 16·5% for bladder cancer, 18·4% for gastric cancer, 19·8% for lung cancer, 22·3% for colon cancer, and 23·1% for prostate cancer, suggesting that cancers might have been undetected and untreated during this period. In England, hospital admissions for chemotherapy appointments have fallen by 60%, and urgent referrals for early diagnosis of suspected cancers have decreased by 76% compared with pre-COVID-19 levels, which could contribute to 6270 additional deaths within 1 year. Delayed diagnosis and treatment are expected to increase the numbers of deaths up to year 5 after diagnosis by 7·9–9·6% for breast cancer, 15·3–16·6% for colorectal cancer, 4·8–5·3% for lung cancer, and 5·8–6·0% for oesophageal cancer.
Government restrictions are disrupting traditional means of support between friends and family members. Physical distancing and contact reduction are causing severe stress to many people and might increase the risk of suicide. In a meta-analysis of the prevalence of stress, anxiety, depression among the general population during the COVID-19 pandemic, the prevalence of depression in the months of the pandemic up to May, 2020, was 33·7% (95% CI 27·5–40·6). Between April 22 and May 11, 2020, 795 (78·9%) of 1008 people aged 18–35 years in the USA reported symptoms of depression. Further and stronger restrictions on physical and social contact could lead to a further increase in the prevalence of depression.
We call on all scientists, public health officials, journalists, and politicians to weigh and consider the collateral damage from government COVID-19 control measures and their negative effect on many short-term and long-term health outcomes. While trying to control COVID-19, all aspects of physical and mental health need to be jointly considered. Other life-threatening diseases are being neglected, and patients with these diseases should receive the same timely and appropriate medical treatment as patients with COVID-19.

I have contacted state and local officials including California Governor Gavin Newsom and San Francisco Mayor London Breed about this letter enquiring as to what their data shows and have received no responses, although I seem to have no problem getting responses from their offices on happy talk issues.

-RW

2 comments:

  1. The plandemic is working exactly as designed. What was left of the middle class is being systematically eliminated with their wealth being transferred to the elites.

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  2. Unintended consequences may produce a silver lining. The health care industry has become so corrupted by government mandates in licensure, drugs, treatments and funding that a reduction in receiving health care services may prove beneficial to many. Some patients may see positive benefits and realize the health care they thought they were receiving was illusionary. Similarly, Public Education seems to be shooting itself in the foot. As parents are forced to spend more time guiding their children in lessons, they may see more clearly the poor job that has been done by Public Education. Opting for alternatives becomes a necessity. The next step is stop the forced funding of these failed organizations. Political activity will not help, but civil disobedience (ignoring truancy laws) may be a first step toward defunding.

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