The Non-Covid Casualties of the Covid Crisis — Part I

It is not just COVID-19 itself that is causing hardship. The lockdown and the general atmosphere of panic surrounding COVID-19 have had devastating consequences:

  • Tens of millions of people have lost their jobs
  • Many businesses have gone under
  • People will lose their homes
  • Stress and anxiety are taking their toll
  • Suicides and abuse are going up
  • Hospitals and other healthcare providers are suspending “elective care” and reducing hours and laying off staff
  • Patients in need of medical care are afraid to go to the hospital
  • A worldwide economic crisis means devastation for people in poor countries

This is the first part in this series about the non-Covid casualties of the COVID-19 crisis. Part II in the series can be found here, part III here, and part IV here.

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Not yet peer reviewed study: “The study projects that the average person would suffer 0.205 [Years of Life Lost] due to psychosocial consequence of COVID-19 mitigation measures. However, this loss would be entirely borne by 2.1% of the population, who will suffer an average 9.79 YLL”

In other words, 2.1% of the Swiss population will lose 9.79 years of their lives as a result of the Swiss government’s attempt to flatten the curve.

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The current crisis will no doubt be much more severe than the 2008 crisis:

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