Registered On: September 7, 2015
If you read my post, Bucks, I am not arguing against any kind of mental health effect from lockdowns. I am just pointing out that the death toll we’re seeing is predominantly a factor of coronavirus, when it was inferred that deaths from lockdown would be a thing. Sure, we may get an increased suicide toll when stats are available, but I doubt they’re anywhere as near as coronavirus, which is the point (I am not saying this to demean suicide; an increase would be a tragedy, but I don’t know how we can balance that out when loosening restrictions would have greater deaths from the virus). Other negatives exist, and I have stated the impact on domestic violence and mental health time and time again. I am not ignoring it, but it is impossible to argue that these beat coronavirus when discussing death toll.
As such there is no perfect solution and we have to balance the greater deaths from the pandemic against the negative effects of lockdown when making a case either way. You can’t have the best of both worlds. You either lockdown and accept we need to deal with the negatives of domestic violence and mental health which occur or we don’t and accept a virus spread across the country under less check, where health services end up dealing with that and that alone, leaving many with coronavirus unable to get treatment as well as other illnesses. Which is why we have treatments for cancer delayed.
I wouldn’t be surprised if mental health treatment would worsen in a no lockdown scenario, because it would become secondary interest to dealing with the increased numbers of coronavirus patients.
It’s all too easy and try to make out that there can be perfect solutions, but there are none.