In an unprecedented effort to slow the spread of the highly contagious virus, countries around the world have implemented painful lockdowns responsible for killing countless jobs, dreams and people. In one country, more people committed suicide in October than died from Kovid-19 during the epidemic.
Fox News reports that suicides are on the rise in Japan this year, and the country’s experts are pointing to a prolonged shutdown as the culprit behind the sharp growth.
(Via Fox News)
Japan is grappling with a mental health crisis as the coronavirus epidemic has erupted, with more people dying from suicide in one month than Kovid-19 for a whole year.
The National Police Agency said the number of suicides rose to 2,153 in October this year alone, while more than 17,000 people have taken their lives so far this year.
By comparison, less than 2,000 people in the country have died from Covid-19 in 2020.
Experts say the epidemic has developed due to prolonged lockouts due to mental health issues, isolation from family members, unemployment and other economic worries, and a lack of schooling.
Chief government spokesman Ketsunobu Kato said this week that “we need to take reality seriously,” announcing new initiatives to help people through suicide hotlines and social media outreach.
Historically, the suicide rate in Japan is historically low, but the numbers are declining.
Japan is not alone when it comes to countries experiencing an increase in the number of suicides. As the Wuhan coronavirus continues, many countries continue to impose painful economic and social sanctions as tools to combat the spread of the disease. But the shutdown is having the same negative consequences as the virus.
Suicide is already a leading cause of death in the United States, with the country’s suicide rate peaking since World War II before the epidemic. While information on the number of coronavirus deaths is readily available, data on suicides during lockouts are still to come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But preliminary indicators indicate that this number is increasing, as experienced during other historic historical health crises and economic downturns.
Suicide hotlines have been flooded since the first coronavirus laxdown took effect earlier this year.
The CDC report found that 11 percent of American adults seriously considered suicide in June, more than double the previous summer.
CBS News reported in September that U.S. There has been a 20 percent increase in suicides in the military this year compared to the same period this year.
In late May, after several weeks of painful lockouts, hundreds of doctors signed a letter to President Trump warning of the long-term negative health consequences of the lockdown, calling such incidents a “mass accident.”
“This includes 100,000,000 Americans each month who would have been diagnosed with a new cancer through routine screening. Millions of people who have missed dental care have been diagnosed with heart disease / death-related problems and stroke. , Heart attack prevention cases, and child abuse. Suicide hotline phone calls have increased by 600%, “the doctors wrote.
In October, WHO Special Envoy for Covid-19 Dr. David Nabaro said Audience That lockdown is “a consequence of which you should never be disorganized, and it makes poor people terribly poor.”
A WHO official predicts a possible doubling of world poverty and “at least doubling in child malnutrition” next year as a result of lockdown measures.
Once the dust settles and the world shuts down the current epidemic, then the unintended consequences of the lockdown will need to be investigated. Hopefully, a better solution can be developed before the next epidemic that does not involve slowing down the world economy.