According to a new study, the US experienced approximately 170,000 more deaths during the Covid-19 pandemic that were not triggered by the virus directly, as obesity, substance abuse, and other killers increased under government-imposed lockdowns. A total of 170,000 excess deaths were caused by COVID lockdown, finds new study.
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The findings were disclosed in a research (read below) released by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) earlier this month. The true figure was probably much greater, according to the report, because the estimate excludes 72,000 individuals who perished with the virus but not precisely because of it.
Excess non-Covid fatalities may well have been “collateral damage of policy choices,” according to the research. During lockdowns, the NBER noted an upsurge in gun violence, drug and alcohol usage, smoking, and weight gain.
“We find it especially notable that non-Covid health outcomes were not more closely monitored to, among other things, determine whether public or private Covid policies were aggravating them,” the study’s authors wrote.
While skeptics may attribute the excessive deaths on personal decisions rather than state policies, they add that “this is no excuse for ignoring this soaring death toll or pushing an examination of these deaths to the back burner.”
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According to the NBER, deaths from drug and alcohol-related reasons have increased by 13% and 28%, respectively, surpassing baseline values by a total of 24,000 individuals every year.
There were 32,000 extra deaths from circulatory diseases per year, an estimated 4% over the baseline, while deaths from diabetes or obesity were 10% higher than anticipated, averaging 15,000 extra cases per year.
Even while governments actively track Covid cases and fatalities, the NBER said that no data on health effects other than the virus has been provided.
“There was little curiosity about testing whether public or private Covid policies were aggravating previous health problems,” the authors wrote, noting that their conclusions on the pandemic’s health consequences were “significant and historic.”
Covid-19 deaths disproportionately impact the elderly, whereas non-Covid deaths climbed in all adult age categories during the pandemic, according to the NBER. During the pandemic, mortality from all causes increased more rapidly among young individuals than among seniors.
“Other data on drug addictions, nonfatal shootings, weight gain and cancer screenings point to a historic, yet largely unacknowledged, health emergency,” the authors said.
Excess non-Covid deaths per capita have been identical throughout European Union countries. Sweden was an outlier, where non-Covid deaths fell under benchmark values.
“We suspect that some of the international differences are due to the standard used to designate a death as Covid, but perhaps also, Sweden’s result is related to minimizing the disruption of its citizens’ normal lifestyles,” NBER said.
According to a study published earlier this year by John Hopkins University, Covid-19 lockdowns around the globe averted few, if at all, deaths from the virus. “While this meta-analysis concludes that lockdowns have had little to no public health effects, they have imposed enormous economic and social costs where they have been adopted,” the study’s authors said. “In consequence, lockdown policies are ill-founded and should be rejected as a pandemic policy instrument.”
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