Shortly after the Wuhan virus exploded around the world, many countries went into lockdown mode. Shut down schools. Shut down restaurants. Shut down economies. Shut down socializing and gatherings. Shut down everything except the stores that sold basic necessities.
Although there were many unknowns about this virus, many did question the wisdom of shutting down our lives. Could the cure (or the desire to “flatten the curve”) be worse than the disease?
In April and May we started seeing the very real consequences of shutdowns:
A consequence of Wuhan virus? Suicides on the rise in eastern Washington county
Suicides outpacing Wuhan virus deaths in Knox County, Tennessee
More suicides as a result of Wuhan virus isolation: Two Air Force cadets commit suicide while at the Academy
You can see in the CDC chart below that children (up to age 17) represent a very, very small percentage of both cases (less than 9% of cases) and deaths (approximately <0.2 percent).
Despite these fantastically low numbers for children, they are being held hostage in mostly (democrat) states: No in-person schooling or extracurricular activities. They are being isolated from friends, family and social events.
The consequences of these shutdowns are very real: Juvenile suicides are on the rise.
CBS Dallas-Fort Worth reports that Cook’s Medical Center in Forth Worth is seeing an “alarming” rate of juvenile suicides, especially in August. How alarming?
“Doctors at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth said they admitted juvenile suicide patients at a rate of almost one per day in August.
The hospital admitted 29 children last month after they attempted suicide. For the year, the hospital said it has seen 192 of these patients, which is more than double the number they admitted during the same period five years ago.”
Read the whole story here.
So many lessons to be learned from everyone’s response to this pandemic.
And don’t EVER forget who is responsible for the worldwide spread of this virus: The Chicoms.