The Terrible Toll of Lockdowns

Published July 4, 2021 3,936 Views

Rumble The Covid-19 pandemic, they told us, required that governments enforce unprecedented lockdowns and the effective shutting down of many aspects of normal life. But as things reopen and life returns to something like normal, what has the single greatest government intervention in people's lives cost society?

On this NewsReal podcast, Joe Quinn and Niall Bradley discuss some of the effects of lockdowns and their tremendous toll on people's lives.

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Show notes & sources

Biggest Mistake in History?

The Telegraph, 10 June 2021 - Lockdowns are 'the single biggest public health mistake in history', says top scientist: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/06/10/lockdowns-single-biggest-public-health-mistake-history-says/

The Telegraph, 14 May 2021 - Use of fear to control behaviour in Covid crisis was ‘totalitarian’, admit scientists: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/05/14/scientists-admit-totalitarian-use-fear-control-behaviour-covid/

Lockdown Effects on Society

Vox, 25 March 2021 - 2020’s historic surge in murders, explained: https://www.vox.com/22344713/murder-violent-crime-spike-surge-2020-covid-19-coronavirus

NPR, 28 May 2021 - The FAA Has Seen A 'Significantly Higher' Number Of Unruly Passenger Reports In 2021: https://www.npr.org/2021/05/28/1001385922/the-faa-has-seen-a-significantly-higher-number-of-unruly-passenger-reports-in-20

Medical News Today, 19 September 2020 - US cases of depression have tripled during the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/us-cases-of-depression-have-tripled-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

Nature, 3 February 2021 - COVID’s mental-health toll: how scientists are tracking a surge in depression: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00175-z

Financial Times, 9 February 2021 - Japan suffers rise in female suicides during Covid-19 pandemic: https://www.ft.com/content/e7f1d6a7-d56e-423f-a7c8-0803af9a6f02

The Hill, 11 June 2021 - Suicide hospital visits rose among adolescent girls during pandemic, ER data suggest: https://thehill.com/changing-america/well-being/mental-health/558093-suicide-hospital-visits-rose-among-adolescent-girls

The Wire, 9 December 2020 - 67% Increase in Reports of Suicidal Behaviour During Lockdown: https://thewire.in/health/suicides-covid-19-lockdown

France24, 25 November 2021 - Global Covid-19 lockdowns inflame violence against women: https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20201125-global-covid-19-lockdowns-inflame-violence-against-women

Fortune, 28 September 2020 - Nearly 100,000 establishments that temporarily shut down due to the pandemic are now out of business: https://fortune.com/2020/09/28/covid-buisnesses-shut-down-closed/

CNBC, 4 June 2020 - Jim Cramer: The pandemic led to ‘one of the greatest wealth transfers in history’: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/04/cramer-the-pandemic-led-to-a-great-wealth-transfer.html

The New Yorker, 16 October 2021 - The Great Coronavirus Divide: Wall Street Profits Surge as Poverty Rises: https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/the-great-coronavirus-divide-wall-street-profits-surge-as-poverty-rises

Euronews, 9 April 2020 - Coronavirus: Half a billion people could be pushed into poverty, says UN study Access to the comments: https://www.euronews.com/2020/04/09/coronavirus-half-a-billion-people-could-be-pushed-into-poverty-says-un-study

The Spectator, 10 April 2021 - The hidden death toll of lockdown: https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-hidden-death-toll-of-lockdown

Fundamental Flaws in Rationale for Lockdowns

American Institute for Economic Research, 19 March 2021 - The Disease Models Were Tested and Failed, Massively: https://www.aier.org/article/the-disease-models-were-tested-and-failed-massively/

MSN, 1 September 2021 - CDC: 94% of Covid-19 deaths had underlying medical conditions: https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/cdc-94percent-of-covid-19-deaths-had-underlying-medical-conditions/ar-BB18wrA7

Bloomberg, 18 March 2020 - 99% of Those Who Died From Virus Had Other Illness, Italy Says: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-18/99-of-those-who-died-from-virus-had-other-illness-italy-says

National Institutes of Health, 19 February 2021 - Causes of death and comorbidities in hospitalized patients with COVID-19: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7895917/

Reuters, 16 November 2020 - COVID has been in Italy since Sept. 2019: study: https://news.yahoo.com/covid-italy-since-sept-2019-122919069.html

National Geographic, 22 January 2020 - How did coronavirus spread so far, so fast?: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/newsletters/science/article/how-coronavirus-spread-far-fast-january-22

Happy 4th of July!

'Illegal' fireworks across LA County, 4 July 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdDo5TfAakc