Published in the Tamborine Bulletin & Yarrabilba Bulletin September 2020.
Did You Know?
- That from information obtained at the following websites the average age of death in Australia is ~77 years (https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/life-expectancy-death/deaths-in-australia/contents/life-expectancy) while the average age of coronavirus death is ~82 years https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/08/coronavirus-covid-19-at-a-glance-20-august-2020.pdf).
- That Mark Woolhouse, professor of infectious disease and an adviser to the UK government stated “I believe history will say trying to control COVID-19 through lockdown was a monumental mistake on a global scale. The cure was worse than the disease.” https://mailchi.mp/tomwoods/mistake?e=d97bec0333
- That according to a survey of 15,000 Australian women, more than 1 in 10 have experienced emotionally abusive, harassing and controlling behaviours during the time of COVID-19. One third stated that domestic violence was unprecedented in their relationship while over half of those who had endured violence previously said the nature of the violence had escalated. https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/domestic-violence-australia-covid19-evidence/
- That according to the Australian Institute of International Affairs “There has been a remarkable lack of observed statistical difference in the rates of death for countries, and for US states, that have and have not locked down.” http://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/australianoutlook/lockdowns-could-kill-more-people-than-covid-19/
- That Australia’s top mental health experts warn that a lockdown-induced 50 percent jump in suicides could kill ten times as many as the virus. Similarly the Royal College of Psychiatrists reports a sixfold increase in suicide attempts by the elderly in the UK … during the lockdown. With elective surgeries and routine screenings suspended, many cancers and heart diseases that are treatable if caught in time will dramatically elevate the death toll. http://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/australianoutlook/lockdowns-could-kill-more-people-than-covid-19/
- That data from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration as well as the Center for Disease Control demonstrate that the percentage of adults aged 18-25 with suicidal thoughts has risen from 7.9% pre-covid to 25.5% during covid, while other age groups have also shown increases. https://mailchi.mp/tomwoods/youthsuicide?e=d97bec0333
- That the New York Times reported that lockdowns could lead to 1.4 million excess TB deaths, 500,000 excess HIV deaths and 385,000 excess malaria deaths. “The pandemic is … shrinking the supply of diagnostic tests for these killers as … Coronavirus tests are much more lucrative, at about $10, compared with 18 cents for a rapid malaria test.” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/03/health/coronavirus-tuberculosis-aids-malaria.html?searchResultPosition=2
- That members of the KM4 unit of the Federal Ministry of the Interior in Germany commented on their critical analysis that “it is important to find the best treatment for the patient and to prevent routes of infection. But therapeutic and preventive measures must never be more harmful than the disease itself.”
- Meanwhile Germany is in damage control after a leaked report challenged the established narrative. Christopher Snowdon from the Institute of Economic Affairs concluded: “the strategy which preceded the lockdown… was based on science whereas the decision to go into lockdown was political.” http://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/australianoutlook/lockdowns-could-kill-more-people-than-covid-19/
- That Unicef stated “We know from previous health emergencies that children are at heightened risk of exploitation, violence and abuse when schools are closed, social services are interrupted, and movement is restricted… And the most common form of violence children face takes place in the home. In a majority of countries, more than 2 in 3 children are subjected to violent discipline by caregivers. What happens when those children can’t leave home, cut off from teachers, friends, or protection services?” https://www.unicef.org/press-releases/dont-let-children-be-hidden-victims-covid-19-pandemic