The COVID-19 pandemic has virtually locked down most of the planet; a first in human history. The effects of the virus and the world’s reaction will be debated for years to come. Some interesting side effects that have been notable so far.
Things that are decreasing
- Influenza – lack of social contact is reducing the spread of other infectious organisms as well – https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-flu/remember-the-flu-coronavirus-sent-it-into-hiding-but-at-a-cost-idUSKBN2221PG
- Number of traffic accidents – less people driving has reduced traffic accidents by 60% in US https://usa.streetsblog.org/2020/04/09/covid-19-cuts-car-crashes-but-what-about-crash-rates/
- Pollution – cool to know that earth can start recovering so quickly – Lockdowns a re clearing the air – National Geogrpahic https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/04/pollution-made-the-pandemic-worse-but-lockdowns-clean-the-sky/
Things that are increasing
- The RATE of fatal traffic accidents is increased because that is determined by the number of accidents compared with the number of drivers, apparently the lack of traffic jams is making some people drive more recklessly so if accidents do occur they are more likely to be fatal because they are driving faster https://usa.streetsblog.org/2020/04/09/covid-19-cuts-car-crashes-but-what-about-crash-rates/
- Alcoholism – Alcohol misuse is one of the leading causes of preventable death and contributes about 3 million deaths per year worldwide. This period of isolation might lead to a spike in alcohol misues, relapse and development of alcohol dependence – https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpub/article/PIIS2468-2667(20)30088-8/fulltext
- Domestic violence – Including spousal abuse and child abuse. 1/6 homocide victims are killed by an intimate partner. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the US have experienced domestic violence and this increases during periods of crises – American Psychological Association https://www.apa.org/topics/covid-19/domestic-violence-child-abuse
- Depression and anxiety – Mental Health and the covid pandemic, New England Journal of Medicine https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2008017
- Suicides – due to economic stress, social isolation, decreased access to communiuty resources, barriers to mental health treatment https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/fullarticle/2764584, https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(20)30171-1/fulltext
- Unemployment and Bankruptcies – Unemployment during the Great Depression was 10 million people, which was 24.9%, now it is 20% (about 60 million Americans) https://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/covid-19-jobless-rates-comparable-great-depression-trump/story?id=70348765
- Reduction in Cancer screening and early diagnoses – Dr. Andrew Renaut – see video below
- Empty hospitals and medical professionals being laid off – see video below
- Accidental poisoning with cleaners and disinfectants – Even before Trump’s statement there has been a 300% increase in phone calls to poison control regarding accidental poisoning with disinfectants https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6916e1.htm. After Trumps statement that injecting disinfectant into the body to treat coronavirus is interesting and should be looked into, Lysol quickly put out a statement: “As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must be clear that under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route).” After Trumps statement, poison control center calls have significantly increased https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/494744-poison-control-centers-report-increase-in-calls-pertaining-to-exposure-to
Below is a graph showing the increase in poison control calls before Trumps statement….I would be interested to see this graph updated at some point. Reference Center for Disease Control – Cleaning and Disinfectant Chemical Exposures and Temporal Associations with COVID-19 — National Poison Data System
Update April 29. The video below continues to be removed from YouTube. The first video was 2 parts and 51 + 12 minutes in those sections. After they were removed for “violating Youtube guidelines”. Then they reposted the video as a new version with audio fixed and then that was also removed. So this video here now is a modified version of the original by someone named Kenneth Frantz. I don’t know who that is but at least all the main points of the original video are in it. I wonder if this will be removed as well….the fact that it is being removed is very interesting.
I also want to point out that the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) posted this statement.
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) jointly and emphatically condemn the recent opinions released by Dr. Daniel Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi. These reckless and untested musings do not speak for medical societies and are inconsistent with current science and epidemiology regarding COVID-19. As owners of local urgent care clinics, it appears these two individuals are releasing biased, non-peer reviewed data to advance their personal financial interests without regard for the public’s health.
COVID-19 misinformation is widespread and dangerous. Members of ACEP and AAEM are first-hand witnesses to the human toll that COVID-19 is taking on our communities. ACEP and AAEM strongly advise against using any statements of Drs. Erickson and Massihi as a basis for policy and decision making.
I do not agree with ACEPs assessment; I do not see anything wrong with the information Dr. Erickson presents and I don’t see how he would gain financially. I think their video is food for thought and that every country should figure out the best exit strategy that works for them.