California Doctors: Deaths From Suicide Higher Than Coronavirus Since Lockdown
Lockdown measures could be having a reverse effect on saving lives
Californian doctors have expressed concern after revealing they have witnessed more deaths from suicide than they've seen from the coronavirus pandemic.
Dr. Michael deBoisblanc of John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek said he's seen “year’s worth of suicides” in the last four weeks alone.
Speaking to ABC 7 News, deBoisblanc said, "the numbers are unprecedented."
DeBoisblanc said it was time for California officials to end the stay-at-home order.
"Personally, I think it's time," he said.
"I think, originally, this was put in place to flatten the curve and to make sure hospitals have the resources to take care of COVID patients. We have the current resources to do that, and our other community health is suffering."
Trauma center nurse at John Muir Medical Center, Kacey Hansen, said she was not only worried about suicide increase but also about the hospital’s ability to save patients.
"What I have seen recently, I have never seen before," Hansen said.
"I have never seen so much intentional injury."
Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has faced backlash as business across California defied his stay-at-home orders.
As stay-at-home orders lead to unemployment and stress, the suicide rates are soaring.
By the end of March, people had died in just one Tennessee county from suicide than from the virus.
According to one study, the coronavirus could lead to at least 75,000 deaths directly brought on by anxiety, Job losses, and addiction.
Another study by Just Facts revealed stress is one of the deadliest health hazards in the world, and estimated the coronavirus lockdowns would destroy seven times as many years of human life than the measures could save.
Earlier this week, over 600 doctors warned President Donald Trump in a signed a letter urging him to end the "national shutdown."
The doctors described the widespread state lockdown orders as a "mass casualty incident" with "exponentially growing health consequences."
The letter highlights a series of consequences, which include missing routine checkups for heart problems, cancer, increases in substance abuse, and financial instability leading to "[p]overty and financial uncertainty."
"We are alarmed at what appears to be the lack of consideration for the future health of our patients," the doctors say in their letter.
Last month, a group of California doctors called on governments to lift lockdown, citing a pending "public health crisis."
ER doctors Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi of Accelerated Urgent Care argued government lockdown measures have a reverse impact.
The group insisted the shut down was not an appropriate reaction to what current data shows about COVID-19, but the measures are instead causing measurable public health issues.