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It is wrong for restrictions to be more harmful to health than disease

Experts came to this conclusion by analyzing global health data.

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Critics of the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus since the beginning of the epidemic have argued that epidemic measures do more harm to health than the disease itself. However, according to a study published in BMJ Global Health, there is little evidence to support the theory that the treatment is worse than the disease itself.

How can such a case be investigated?

An article in the British daily The Guardian reveals how researchers looked at the impact of restrictions on mortality rates, routine health services and mental health to reach a conclusion. Moreover, Duke University professor Gavin Yamey also said that as part of the study, his colleagues also examined countries that had severe restrictions with only a small number of cases. Overall, the experts based their research on an international database that included mortality data for 94 countries. In this way, it was possible to find out if the actions had actually led to additional deaths.

What are the results of the search?

The researchers found that there were no excess deaths in New Zealand and Australia last year. In contrast, in countries where few restrictions have been imposed, such as Brazil, Sweden, Russia and parts of the United States, high rates of excess deaths have accompanied the epidemic. Thus, according to Yami, in countries where rapid and strong action was taken against the epidemic, deaths were often lower than in previous years. Another study suggested that restrictions could reduce annual deaths by up to 6 percent once the spread of influenza was prevented.

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What is the lesson for the future?

According to experts, the hypothesis that limitations may be more harmful than illness is based in part on the fact that while the association between mental health and limitations, for example, is often discussed, the link between serious illness and anxiety is not given much attention. Yami noted, among other things, that while the lack of school has an impact on children’s mental health, losing a loved one to Covid-19 could affect them even more. In addition, the researchers noted that the use of health services alone does not adequately represent the number of diseases not related to the coronavirus. This is because overburdening the system and fear of infection risk in health care facilities, at the time of restrictions may also deter people from seeking medical care.