Real science is never settled, and anyone who has certainty on such things is not qualified to discuss it.
Way back in 2020, the ramifications of vicious government policies were already understood and discussed by the brave few who spoke out, such as the authors of the Great Barrington Declaration.
For decades, advances in healthcare and safety steadily drove down death rates among American children. In an alarming reversal, rates have now risen to the highest level in nearly 15 years, particularly driven by homicides, drug overdoses, car accidents and suicides.
The uptick among younger Americans accelerated in 2020. Though Covid-19 itself wasn’t a major cause of death for young people, researchers say social disruption caused by the pandemic exacerbated public-health problems, including worsening anxiety and depression. Greater access to firearms, dangerous driving and more lethal narcotics also helped push up death rates.
Demand for psychiatric services, counseling and other behavioral health supports far outstripped supply, leaving young patients to turn to emergency departments that were strained by the crush of Covid.
“We are seeing younger and younger patients coming in with mental-health crises, and even those 8 to 10 years old coming in with suicidal ideation,” said Lois Lee, a pediatric emergency physician at Boston Children’s Hospital who chairs the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention.
WIND: to call these things causes (“driven by”) is moronic. The primary cause of most of this is clearly mental illness, pyschological stress, social disruption. All this suffering and death was generated by the government. All harm, no benefit, which anyone but a child or idiot can see here in 2023.
When in despair, if someone turns to drugs or other bad choices, those are effects, not causes.
Here in the USA, mental health treatment is all but unavailable: if you have health insurance, it will be a 6-9 month wait and likely a long drive to the cheapest provider the feckless insurance company will pay for. If you don’t have insurance coverage, you had better be wealthy.