“During 2020, the proportion of mental health–related emergency department (ED) visits among adolescents aged 12–17 years increased 31% compared with that during 2019”Emergency Department Visits for Suspected Suicide Attempts Among Persons Aged 12–25 Years Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, January 2019–May 2021
“In this cohort study, the number of deaths due to any cause increased by approximately 122 000 from March 1 to May 30, 2020, which is 28% higher than the reported number of COVID-19 deaths.”Study: Estimation of Excess Deaths Associated With the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States, March to May 2020
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Think of the lasting impact the lockdowns had on vulnerable populations, like the elderly, the children, teens, college students, and those who missed out on giant life events (like funerals, weddings with all of their family and friends, graduations). Can we ever repair the damage that was done? How many elderly people died because of sheer sadness from isolation? How many people committed suicide when they were left alone for so long? We should all grieve over these losses.