Chapter 21 “lessons learnt from the COVIDs: more domestic and sexual abuse and increased mental illness”
If you are being bashed around and sexually abused at home and COVID has you locked down at home you are really in a prison cell. My friends in our emergency ward at my hospital told me of increased admissions caused by domestic and sexual abuse.
Calls to abuse hotlines dramatically increased throughout any country having such lines. These increases were first documented with Ebola outbreaks in Africa and now in North America and Europe. And with nowhere for the abused to go the vicious circle spun around with more victims of the lockdown that singly focused on physical health ignoring until late in the game the horrific psychological trauma and mental illness triggered by the lockdowns. At what point did the victims of abuse figure in the statistical obsession with infections and deaths?
Those who are abused may not have access to cellphones or afraid to use them least they be caught and pummeled and mauled.
Another appalling statistic was the amount of mental illness cultivated by COVID lockdowns. Imagine being out of work because you weren’t working in an open essential business. Where is your next meal coming from, will you find a job again, can you pay your credit card bills and mortgage payments. And perhaps just too much time to think about these unpleasant thoughts. At one point in the tame initial wave of COVID-19 in Canada some 64% of respondents to a poll admitted they were frightened to leave their home. That rose to 96% as the second wave of COVID-19 in 2021 ripped through the country.
Isolation and quarantine also lead to increased suicides, panic attacks, post traumatic stress disorder and depression. At the end of the COVIDs the full extent of increased mental illness was perhaps as cruel and devastating as the physical statistics of deaths and infections. While governments spent to bankruptcy to placate social unrest at least liquor and cannabis sales soared bringing desperately needed revenue but creating the wreckage of substance abuse. Again not that readily calculable like infections and deaths it was largely ignored by the politicos, medicos and media but it left many mangled in its wake