There is zero value assigned by officials like this to the serious mental and psychological costs -- sure to be enduring -- of constantly isolating and distancing and shunning neighbors. COVID risks should be weighed *against* the costs of what's being decreed in its name. Watch:
Shut up and do as you are told little peasant.
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Last April, when we were told that lockdowns and isolation would be needed for weeks or a couple months to "flatten the curve" -- remember that? -- two mental health experts told me the costs would be severe. It's now 15 months later: theintercept.com/2020/04/15/…

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Here's a NYT article from earlier this month describing how the mental health harms from prolonged isolation and distancing during COVID are enduring even as restrictions ease. Other research shows skyrocketing rates of depression/anxiety/addiction, etc: nytimes.com/2021/07/08/healt…
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The lockdowns will never end until we replace the people deciding them.
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There are no lockdowns. Never have been.
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Don’t you think it’s being framed as a false dichotomy between fully open or fully lockdown? The #1 thing we should be talking about in terms of preventing mass suffering is monthly stimulus checks
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600k people dead in spite of everything we did... Why do you omit that fact? Should we have not locked down? Perhaps have let COVID-19 kill 3 or 4 times more people to avoid the psychological costs?
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The psychological effects on GG appear to have been extreme, but is there data on the effects of pandemic isolation in the population, separated from the effects of frighteningly high rates of disease and deaths.
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I've been very lucky. I've been able to work from home, leave the city, be with my husband and kids and friends and dogs. The burden falls on people who are stuck in small places, lost their jobs, live alone, etc. They're not heard much from in elite discourse so it's ignored.
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Johan Hari just no. Man made stuff up.
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