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Could 980,000 American die from the Covid-19 lockdown?
Monday, July 20, 2020 5:11 pm Email this article
“More than 200,000 people [in the UK] could die from the impact of lockdown... an official government report shows,” notes an article in The Telegraph
The U.S. has roughly 4.9 times as many people as the UK, which suggests that 980,000 Americans could die because of the lockdown.
“As national restrictions were imposed, experts from the Department of Health, the Office of National Statistics (ONS), the government’s Actuary Department and the Home Office forecast the collateral damage from delays to healthcare and the effects of recession arising from the pandemic response,” the article notes.
“It estimated that in a reasonable worst case scenario, around 50,000 people would die from coronavirus in the first six months of the pandemic, with mitigation measures in place.
“But in the report published in April they calculated that up to 25,000 could die from delays to treatment in the same period and a further 185,000 in the medium to long term - amounting to nearly one million years of life lost.
“It comes amid debate over the easing of lockdown restrictions, with some arguing it is both too early to lift the measures and that they should have been imposed earlier, while other politicians have questioned whether the cure is worse than the disease.
“In total, under a worst case scenario, around quarter of a million [250,000] people would die because of the pandemic response.”
“Data compiled by The Telegraph showed that by the end of May there had been more than 23,000 excess deaths in care homes [nursing homes] or at home, not linked to Covid-19, since the middle of March.”
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