WASHINGTON, DC – President Trump received a letter Tuesday that some might say was overdue.
The letter was signed by 600 doctors who told the President that, from a medical standpoint, the country’s “national shutdown” needs to end.
The consequences of not doing so, the letter said, is “exponentially growing health consequences.” In other words, it said, “a mass casualty incident.”
Several reasons are listed in the letter.
Lockdowns due to concerns for the spread of COVID-19 have caused businesses, schools, and even some outdoor public recreation areas to be closed for months in some cases.
These shut downs, for many, have brought about “[p]overty and financial uncertainty, [which] is closely linked to poor health.”
We are alarmed at what appears to be the lack of consideration for the future health of our patients. The downstream health effects … are being massively under-estimated and under-reported. This is an order of magnitude error.”
The doctors were referring to a number of different “side effects” if you will for being on lockdown. This includes patients missing their routine checkups which make more severe diseases more likely to end in death and less likely to be caught early, increases of alcohol and substance abuse, and depression.
The doctors continued:
“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. In youths it will be called financial instability, unemployment, despair, drug addiction, unplanned pregnancies, poverty, and abuse.