I have previously reported on how many are suggesting the lock downs have done more damage than the virus. Suicides are up. Depression is up. Drug abuse is up. Alcohol abuse is up. Unemployment up.
There have been lots of “unintended consequences” as a result of the COVID lockdowns.
Add one more to the list. Reports are coming in from around the world that the number of stillborn deaths surged during the pandemic as pregnant women, either hindered by lock down restrictions or fears of COVID, did not seek medical help.
Some countries reported that stillborn deaths were up 50%.
The Blaze reports:
An array of studies show that stillbirths have surged globally following lockdowns imposed in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, and researchers speculate the link could be from pregnant women avoiding hospitals and clinics out of fear of catching the virus while seeking prenatal care.
Nature cited a slew of studies this week in reporting that stillbirth rates have risen “dramatically” since the pandemic began, and that “emerging data link disrupted pregnancy services to [the] increase in stillbirths.” […]
Jane Warland, a specialist in midwifery at the University of South Australia in Adelaide told the outlet, “What we’ve done is cause an unintended spike in stillbirth while trying to protect [pregnant women] from COVID-19.”
Nature noted, “The sharpest rise was observed during the first four weeks of the lockdown, under which people were allowed to leave their homes only to buy food and receive essential care.”
More unintended consequences….
We have been hearing a lot about the ‘unintended consequences’ of the lockdowns recently. Here is one more:
The coronavirus continues to impact American lives in more ways than we could have imagined. Now we learn that it’s a driving force behind a 93-percent increase in the number of children sexually solicited online, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Since the country’s virtual lockdown, kids are spending much more time online and parents need to be on the lookout for predators. Online child sex predators have been more active than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pretending to be kids themselves, they ask their victims for nude pictures, and even arrange to meet them for sex or to force them into slavery.