Over 600 doctors from all over America have signed a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to end the lockdowns that have been put in place amidst the coronavirus pandemic, describing the orders as a “mass casualty incident” and warning of “exponentially growing health consequences.”
In the letter obtained by Fox News, the doctors went into detail about some of the negative consequences that will stem from the COVID-19 lockdowns. These dangerous consequences include patients missing checkups in which cancer and other serious conditions could be detected, increases in drug and alcohol use, and financial instability that could lead to mass poverty and further health problems.
“Millions of Americans are already [in critical condition],” the letter stated. “These include 150,000 Americans per month who would have had a new cancer detected through routine screening that hasn’t happened, millions who have missed routine dental care to fix problems strongly linked to heart disease/death, and preventable cases of stroke, heart attack, and child abuse. Suicide hotline phone calls have increased 600%.”
“We are alarmed at what appears to be the lack of consideration for the future health of our patients,” the doctors added, pointing out that they have seen this in real life at their practices. “The downstream health effects…are being massively under-estimated and under-reported. This is an order of magnitude error.”
The doctors went on to warn that since many of these issues will be widespread and unrelated to coronavirus, they may go unnoticed. “The millions of casualties of a continued shutdown will be hiding in plain sight, but they will be called alcoholism, homelessness, suicide, heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure,” the letter explained. “In youths it will be called financial instability, unemployment, despair, drug addiction, unplanned pregnancies, poverty, and abuse.”
Four of the doctors who signed the letter spoke directly to Fox News, saying that the negatives of the shutdown far outweigh the positives. “The very initial argument…which sounded reasonable three months ago, is that in order to limit the overwhelmed patient flux into hospitals that would prevent adequate care, we needed to spread out the infections and thus the deaths in specific locales that could become hotspots, particularly New York City… It was a valid argument at the beginning based on the models that were given,” said Dr. Mark McDonald, a psychiatrist. “What we’ve seen now over the last three months is that no city —none, zero— outside of New York has even been significantly stressed.” You can read the full letter below:
This comes as a growing number of states all over America are slowly starting to lift lockdown measures. An increasing number of Americans are starting to feel like these restrictions went way too far, and that it is time to get back to work and resume our normal lives. Trump might want to take notice of the warnings these doctors gave, and lift the lockdowns before it is too late.
This piece was written by PoliZette Staff on May 21, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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