REMINDER: World Economic Forum Says ‘Lockdown is the world’s biggest psychological experiment – and we will pay the price’

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has been fully aware of the massive, negative impacts of quarantines since February, 2020. The WEF even cited a “rapid review” study in The Lancet (from February 2020), which outlines just how detrimental the psychological effects of lockdowns are.

Some quotes from the WEF post, titled: “Lockdown is the world’s biggest psychological experiment – and we will pay the price,” are immediately below:

“In short, and perhaps unsurprisingly, people who are quarantined are very likely to develop a wide range of symptoms of psychological stress and disorder, including low mood, insomnia, stress, anxiety, anger, irritability, emotional exhaustion, depression and post-traumatic stress symptoms. Low mood and irritability specifically stand out as being very common, the study notes.

“In China, these expected mental health effects are already being reported in the first research papers about the lockdown.

“In cases where parents were quarantined with children, the mental health toll became even steeper. In one study, no less than 28% of quarantined parents warranted a diagnosis of “trauma-related mental health disorder”.

“Among quarantined hospital staff, almost 10% reported “high depressive symptoms” up to three years after being quarantined. Another study reporting on the long-term effects of SARS quarantine among healthcare workers found a long-term risk for alcohol abuse, self-medication and long-lasting “avoidance” behaviour. This means that years after being quarantined, some hospital workers still avoid being in close contact with patients by simply not showing up for work.

“Reasons for stress abound in lockdown: there is risk of infection, fear of becoming sick or of losing loved ones, as well as the prospect of financial hardship. All these, and many more, are present in this current pandemic.”

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