Study says mental health issues skyrocket as experts warns virus ‘will have its day’
A new study by the Centers for Disease Control says that one-quarter of young adults ages 18-24 contemplated suicide in the past few months because of the pandemic, while the general population showed a significant surge in anxiety.
“The toll is falling heaviest on young adults, caregivers, essential workers and minorities. While 10.7 percent of respondents overall reported considering suicide in the previous 30 days, 25.5 percent of those between 18 to 24 reported doing so,” reports Politico. “Almost 31 percent of self-reported unpaid caregivers and 22 percent of essential workers also said they harbored such thoughts. Hispanic and Black respondents similarly were well above the average.”
Overall, 41 percent of the nearly 6,000 respondents said that they were having issues relating to mental health-related not just to worries about the coronavirus, but due to lockdowns, social distancing and stay-at-home orders, says CNN.
“We are in August and this is a biopsy of almost 6,000 people from June,” said Dr. Ken Duckworth, chief medical officer of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “There’s a mental health crisis resulting from this pandemic.”
Indeed, violent riots, clashes with protesters, a rise in shootings and homicides have already served as warning signs that the measures taken to mitigate the spread of the virus have taken a toll on the fabric of American society.
The report highlights what many have already suspected: the cure for the COVID-19 virus has been much worse than the disease so far.
The report comes as further pressure from health experts keeps people at home, forcing many to forgo work, social activities and school, as the fall threatens an acceleration of the crisis mentality that has Americans hunkering down physically and emotionally.
“This fall could be the worst in the history of American public health if people do not heed guidance from health officials to stop the coronavirus, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield warned Wednesday,” reports CBS News.
“Redfield said skyrocketing cases of COVID-19 combined with the annual flu season could create the ‘worst fall’ that ‘we’ve ever had.’”
Redfield says that despite funding the CDC with an $11 billion annual budget to combat public health threats, the country was unprepared for the pandemic. The remedy he says is more money.
“I think many people may not realize CDC is the background funding for the public health infrastructure of every city and every state in this nation,” Redfield told WebMD. “We need to over-invest. Get over-prepared.”
For next time.
As of now, public health experts seem to only advise us to wear our damn masks, and let us know we are own our own.
“So– and eventually this virus is going to have its day,” said Redfield. “It’s either going to infect a majority of the global population, or we’re going to have a biological countermeasure, that’s going to be an effective vaccine.”
It’s no wonder people are so depressed.
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