PREDICTED BY THE PLAIN TRUTH- Collateral damage to kill more than virus!
80,000 could die due to coronavirus shutdown anxieties - more than the virus itself
The coronavirus lockdown could cause 77,000 deaths from suicides and drug overdoses – more than the virus itself, a leading doctor has claimed.
New York physician Dr. Nicole Saphier told DailyMailTV that the drastic rise in unemployment due to the nationwide shutdown has caused a spike in overdose deaths and suicides in some communities which could end up outnumbering even the tens of thousands who have died from COVID-19.
Dr. Saphier pointed to stark warnings from cities across the country showing rocketing overdose death rates, while a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) found that each 1% increase in unemployment led to a 3.3% spike in drug overdoses and 1% increase in suicides.
'The economy should be considered a public health emergency,' Dr. Saphier told DailyMailTV. 'The indirect consequences of the pandemic may far outweigh those of the direct virulence of the virus.
'Suicide, drug use, alcoholism, domestic violence have all been shown to increase during periods of strife and increased unemployment. This as depression and anxiety sets in with the uncertainty of the economic future of individuals and the country as a whole.'