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Have Covid lockdowns tripled depression rates?

It is another example of where the lockdown cure is worse than the disease. According to researchers at Boston University, the Covid lockdown may have tripled the rates of depression in people.

The Blaze explains:

There was psychological trauma caused by the COVID-19 lockdowns, social isolation, employment worries, financial concerns, and an unpredictable future. A recent study, led by researchers from Boston University, set out to discover the emotional damage that people encountered during the coronavirus pandemic.

A pre-pandemic poll of 5,065 respondents in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, conducted from 2017 to 2018, found that 8.5% of Americans showed depression symptoms. During the coronavirus pandemic, that figure skyrocketed to 27.8% of people who said they were experiencing depression symptoms.

READ: Depression has more than tripled since the COVID-19 pandemic

One of the unfortunate consequences of depression is suicide. My wife and I were talking to a friend during the Covid lockdown in our province. She said a friend had a home accident requiring an ambulance and on her the trip to the hospital, the medics they had already picked up three suicide cases that day.

Mental health experts in Australia warned that the suicides as a result of the lockdown will kill more people that the coronavirus. READReport: Suicide rise from lockdowns to kill more than coronavirus in Australia

And speaking of Australia, I recently reported on how police in Melbourne, Australia arrested Zoe Buhler, a 28-year-old pregnant woman, in front of her two kids. They put her in handcuffs because she dared to put a post up on Facebook calling for a rally to protest the totalitarian lockdown imposed on their state by Premier Daniel Andrews, who many describe as a left-wing radical.

She was interviewed after her arrest and asked why she wanted to organize the protest. Zoe said, “I was sick of the lockdowns, I am sick of hearing about the suicides. I personally lost my job … and just sick of watching the economy collapse.”

And it is not just an Australian problem. READCDC: Over 1 in 4 young adults contemplated suicide in June amid COVID-19

Of course, there are many now questioning if the lockdowns were even effective in stopping the spread of Covid. READLockdowns DON’T work, study claims: Researchers say stay-at-home orders made no difference to coronavirus deaths around the world – but prior health levels DID AND COVID-19 death rate is 75% lower in states that didn’t lock down: WSJ

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