Reflections on the Inevitable Effects of the Unnecessary Lockdown

For me, one of the most heart-rending accounts I have read in the past few weeks was a piece in the Guardian entitled, “Isolated UK care home residents ‘fading away’, say staff and families”. 

If sales of antidepressants in the States are anything to go by, the mental health of millions may be collapsing….

According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, suicide attempts by elderly people have increased as much as six-fold during the crisis:

A University of East Anglia study found:

“Stay-home policies were not associated with a decline in incidence, and actually showed a positive association with cases. As the number of lock-down days increased, so did the number of cases.

What if, as Michael Levitt, Professor of Structural Biology at the Stanford School of Medicine has claimed, the spread of Covid-19 finds the same pattern across numerous countries whereby the virus grows exponentially for two weeks, before slowing seemingly irrespective of lockdown and social distancing measures.