According to a recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the trend of increasing cases of children and young adults with mental health problems, due primarily to confinement as a measure to prevent the spread of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus, continued in October, Fox News reported.
Dr. Scott Atlas, President Trump’s medical advisor, said he disagrees with the proposed government lockdowns to combat the CCP Virus.
“I don’t want to see the figure that one in four Americans, college students, age 18-24, thought of killing themselves in June because of the lockdown,” Dr. Atlas told Fox News.
According to CDC data, the group of 18 to 24-year-olds who thought about suicide during June this year was twice as many as last year. Of the 5,412 people surveyed by the federal agency, 10.7 percent had suicidal thoughts, compared to 4.3 percent in the same period in 2019. The survey also indicated an increase in anxiety problems and depressive symptoms.
Compared to 2019, the proportion of mental health-related visits by children ages 5 to 11 and 12 to 17 increased by approximately 24 percent and 31 percent, respectively, the CDC said in the report.
Dr. John Whyte, the chief medical officer of the healthcare website WebMD, said, “Many parents are reporting behavioral issues that previously their children had not exhibited. This is most likely a result of the loneliness, anxiety, and anger that many children are experiencing” during the confinement.
The states of New York, California, and Michigan are preparing for new lockdowns, as are European countries such as the United Kingdom, with Scotland making headlines for threatening to arrest residents of areas with the highest number of cases if they leave their compounds.
However, as Senator and physician Rand Paul pointed out, the lockdowns did nothing to stop the contagion. When New York City was completely closed, 30,000 people died from CCP viruses, despite strict quarantine measures, many of them elderly patients from nursing homes.
“We’ve seen surges in coronaviruses in the midst of lockdown. New York had a lockdown and had 30,000 people die. New York had the worst death rate of any place in the world amid a lockdown, so perhaps a lockdown didn’t do any good, and perhaps a lockdown killed our economy but didn’t do anything to stem the tide of the virus. So I see nothing to be admired in New York’s lockdown.” Senator Paul emphasized.
Not only does it seem that these measures are unfounded, but other alternative paths have been successfully tested.
For example, Florida has completely reopened its activity, and there have been no spikes in contagion or deaths. Similarly, Taiwan—geographically close to China, where the CCP Virus originated—recently reported 200 days without infection. Taiwan did close its borders earlier than the U.S., but it did not resort to lockdown measures.