Article by Cindy Mitchell
May 22, 2020
Fox News acquired a letter that over 600 doctors signed from around the country Tuesday, asking President Donald Trump to please end the lockdown in America. The letter reported the widespread lockdown orders as a “mass casualty incident” and warning of “exponentially growing health consequences.” patients missing check-ups with doctors that could detect cancer and other serious conditions, an increase in alcohol and substance abuse, and financial instability leading to poverty and poor health.
The letter stated, “Millions of Americans are already [in critical condition]. These include 150,000 Americans per month who would have had new cancer detected through routine screening that hasn’t happened, millions who have missed routine dental care to fix problems strongly linked to heart disease/death, and preventable cases of stroke, heart attack, and child abuse. Suicide hotline phone calls have increased 600%.
The doctors continued, “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.”
Since many of the resulting problems will be spread over a large area and not directly linked to confirmed cases of COVID-19, they may go unnoticed. Noted the doctors.
“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,” stated the letter.
Fox News was told by Four of the undersigned doctors they believe the indirect effects of the shutdowns outweighed the direct consequences of lifting them.
“The very initial argument … which sounded reasonable three months ago, is that in order to limit the overwhelmed patient flux into hospitals that would prevent adequate care, we needed to spread out the infections and thus the deaths in specific locales that could become hotspots, particularly New York City … It was a valid argument at the beginning based on the models that were given,” said Dr. Mark McDonald, a psychiatrist. “What we’ve seen now over the last three months is that no city — none, zero — outside of New York has even been significantly stressed.”
The letter comes in the midst of the reopening has begun in phases, in many states but much more slowly than expected. Americans are taken to protesting about the stay-at-home orders, they need their businesses, churches, and schools to open back up.
Americans have been laid off or lost their jobs, or forced out of business since the start of the outbreak, and many are afraid that the country has shifted from flattening the curve to indefinitely locking down until a cure is found.