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Collateral Damage of the COVID-19 Lockdowns

The website Collateral Global provides an ongoing report on the collateral damage—physical, mental, social, economic, political, and educational—of what are, in most cases, well-intentioned but misguided and disastrous mitigation strategies and lockdowns across the world. Here is a sampling of collateral damage across the world:

“Illness and hospital admissions directly related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been infrequent for children and young people; however, pandemic-related service closures have resulted in limited access to primary and secondary health care, parental fear of seeking health care, closures of daycares and schools, and employment and financial instability. Adverse childhood experiences, [include] family violence, non-accidental trauma and mental illness…” (CMAJ

"New research from Drinkaware reveals that around two in five (38%) of people on furlough and a third (33%) of parents with at least one child under 18 are drinking more alcohol since the start of lockdown." (Drinkaware

“4 in 10 people replied their opioid use had increased or greatly increased during the first 4 weeks of the outbreak. Half of these respondents said their benzos use had increased or greatly increased during the first 4 weeks of the outbreak. We now know that anti-anxiety medication prescriptions have gone up by 34% in the US…” (Drugs and Me)

“A 60% increase in emergency calls from women subjected to violence by their intimate partner has been reported in the World Health Organization Europe member states. Comparing April 2020 with the same period last year, WHO said that online inquiries to violence prevention support hotlines had also increased as much as fivefold.” (BMJ

Learn more about the collateral damage of Covid-19 lockdowns