• Shutdown’s Health Risks: Do Non-Cornovirus Victims Matter Too?

    Surge Summary: Evidence is mounting that the COVID-19 lockdown is leading to health threats – including death – for those who are avoiding or being denied treatments as a result. This is a side of America’s public health crisis that isn’t getting a lot of attention.

    by Gary Bauer

    Many progressive politicians are constantly suggesting that it is too soon to reopen the country because coronavirus is still out there and more people may get infected.  Well, we can’t hide in our homes forever, and it may not even work anyway.

    Yesterday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared that he was “shocked” to learn that 66% of new Covid hospitalizations involved people who have been observing social isolation.  “This is a surprise: Overwhelmingly, the people were at home,” Cuomo said.

    Who knows how they got infected, but perhaps we have reached the point of diminishing returns.  Moreover, medical experts are also beginning to ask serious questions about the negative health risks associated with the ongoing shutdown.

    As we noted yesterday, preliminary research suggests that many Americans have not been getting the medical care they needed over the past six to eight weeks.

    For example, there has been a 45% to 66% drop in chemotherapy treatments and 70% to 90% drop in new cancer screenings.  The study suggests that nearly 34,000 “more people will die of cancer due to lost healthcare services during the coronavirus shutdown.”

    Emergency room doctors are reporting a disturbing lack of heart attack and stroke patients.  Why?  Because people are afraid to go to the hospital, and they are dying at home.

    Millions of people around the world are expected to develop tuberculosis and die as a result of the shutdown.

    Former Food and Drug Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who has been somewhat of an alarmist on Covid, warned today that he fears a significant measles outbreak later this year because many parents are not taking their children to routine pediatrician visits.  Last year, measles killed more than 140,000 people around the world.

    “So there’s a public health consequence on the other side of this, and we have to start weighing those and asking ourselves just how much we’re willing to tolerate,” Gottlieb said.

    That’s a very good question, and one the American people will likely have to settle at the ballot box this November.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

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    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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