The following is an appeal to examine the entire effects of lockdowns on the US population (I did research on the US, although much of the world is
feeling the ill effects), in order to move forward with a better plan, and not to criticize any previous actions taken by government officials. I’m
willing to hope that the officials had no clue as to the disaster that lockdown proved to be. But from listening to President-Elect Biden’s speech
yesterday, one has to wonder if a lockdown is just what our new government has in mind. The following is one part of a series I plan on compiling, so
while this installation focuses on the lockdown’s effects on our women and children, I plan also to focus on how the lockdown has devastated our
men, our elderly, and I hope to write a paper outlining some ideas I have that might work as a response to the pandemic which don’t involve
quarantining the healthy and most vulnerable.
I believe that we have it in us to come together and find a workable solution to the conundrums our nations are facing. This is not about abandoning
our elders to a horrible and lonely death. This is about finding ways to continue our lives in as healthy a capacity as possible while finding ways
to protect those most susceptible to suffering adverse effects to COVID-19. I always welcome and encourage any comments, refutations, and ideas in
response to the research I’ve compiled. Writing some of this information brought tears to my eyes. Real people are behind these numbers and
PS: If this looks familiar, it is. I previously posted a lot of this research on a thread, but didn’t have the time or energy at that moment to
attempt a more articulate argument using the facts presented. As time is of the essence (Biden promised to implement his new plans on Jan 21st), I
thought I’d get this information out as I write it. Feel free to share or suggest edits as I go; my ultimate plan is to send this out to governors
and legislators’ emails in hopes they might reevaluate unhealthy edicts.
COVID Collateral: Women and Children
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of
disease or infirmity” . Considering the likelihood of more stay-at-home orders as a response to the COVID crisis, it’s time we took a
comprehensive look at the effects that lockdown has had on the physical, mental, and social health of the populace. The little data available shows
the fallout of extended lockdowns has ravaged our nation’s health to numbers even the virus couldn’t reach, and particularly that of our most
While the spotlight has been focused on one of the most fragile segments of our population, the elderly (and rightly so), our youngest have been left
in the dark. The effects of COVID lockdown on our nation’s youth have been all-encompassing and detrimental, yet they have no advocates among the
media and the scientists who have been pushing the nation toward lockdown. From all available information, children are the least likely to suffer
from the virus itself, but will have to suffer the most and longest from our response to the virus. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Development has published a report estimating that children have already lost up to three percent of their projected lifetime incomes, with the poor
and underserved hit the hardest . While nearly 100% of our children have been adversely affected, the kids who need the most help are getting hit
twice as hard.
An estimated 1.5 million children of school age are homeless, leaving our most vulnerable with little to no access to online learning . With
education being the number one path to success, school shutdowns are effectively impeding 1.5 million paths to a better future. In addition to
education, shutdowns bar these children from a society they so desperately need, and, essentially, the food and services that schools provide.
Parents of these children, as if they did not have enough to worry about, now have to make the impossible choice between going to work or staying at
the shelters with their school-aged or young children (shelters do not allow for unsupervised minors) .
Our disabled kids are suffering disproportionately during this crisis. From the physically disabled who were cut off from regular services  to the
hearing disabled who are cut off from society due to face masks  to the kids at an intellectual or social disadvantage, disabled children have lost
access to nearly every accommodation or service they previously had available to bridge the gap. Researchers determined last spring that the average
child lost ⅓ to ½ of a year’s education (worse for the poorer communities) . For children who are already behind, this learning gap may be
impossible to breach, and they may never catch up. Imagine a race in which the slower runners were forced into a late start--under what conditions
will those runners be able to finish (let alone win) that race? The ones in need of the most help have been neglected by our policymakers.
Otherwise healthy children have also suffered a direct loss to their health as a result of the lockdown policies. Across the nation, kids have been
cut off from not only their peers, but also from close contact with their elders and from the community at large. They have become acclimated to
seeing masked, stressed-out and unwelcoming faces (let’s face it-- this is how a lot of us are looking!) and to keeping a “healthy distance”
from everyone outside of their immediate family. Science has proven the ameliorative and healing effects of human touch , the vital importance of
peer relationships , and depriving children of the benefits of touch and interaction will undoubtedly negatively impact their physical and
emotional health; time will only tell to what extent.
(to be continued)
edit on 8-11-2020 by zosimov because: (no reason given)