Back in February, the national unemployment rate was 3.5%. In April, it jumped to 14.7% and it’s expected to get worse. We haven’t seen anything like this since the Great Depression, when 1 in 4 people were unemployed. Today, 1 in 5 Americans are unemployed.
Was flattening the curve just an excuse to cause a Major Depression, along the lines of the Great Depression? Serious question.
Why would we do this?? (“Flattening the curve” was never intended to reduce deaths, it was intended to not overwhelm the hospitals. Whether we flatten the curve or not, we expected the same number of infections and deaths.) But now, we will 100% cause more deaths because of our RESPONSE to this crisis.
From thebalance.com: “If the U.S. economy collapses, you would likely lose access to credit. Banks would close. Demand would outstrip supply of food, gas, and other necessities. If the collapse affected local governments and utilities, then water and electricity might no longer be available.
A U.S. economic collapse would create global panic. Demand for the dollar and U.S. Treasurys would plummet. Interest rates would skyrocket. Investors would rush to other currencies, such as the yuan, euro, or even gold. It would create not just inflation, but hyperinflation, as the dollar lost value to other currencies.
Think back to the Great Depression. The stock market crashed on Black Thursday. By the following Tuesday, it was down 25%. Many investors lost their life savings that weekend.
By 1932, one out of four people was unemployed.
RIGHT THIS MINUTE, one out of five people are unemployed. And millions of people are filing for unemployment every week.
According to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.:
“The more pessimistic HHS models predict 100,000-240,000 COVID deaths. On 3/24/2020 the federal government predicted a 30% rise in unemployment from the coronavirus quarantine.
That equals 1,100,000 additional deaths, almost five times the government’s worst predictions for COVID-19 deaths. Add additional deaths from disrupted supply chains for food & meds & from deferred medical treatments for non emergency illnesses like diabetes & hypertension.
A highly respected 1982 academic research book “Corporate Flight: The Causes and Consequences of Economic Dislocation” by Bluestone, Harrison and Baker estimates that every additional 1% rise in unemployment causes 37,000 excess deaths (including 20,000 heart attacks, 920 suicides, 650 homicides) and 4,000 mental hospital admissions and 3,300 state prison admissions.
Social isolation is lethal. Sayer Ji of Greenmedinfo has reprinted 13 studies showing dramatic increases in deaths from isolation. “Social Isolation: A Predictor of Mortality Comparable to Traditional Clinical Risk Factors,” found social isolation as strong a factor in mortality risk as smoking, and higher than having high blood pressure.
Another article, “The Pandemic America Forgot About,” concluded: “Loneliness and social isolation have the same cardiovascular effects as smoking 15 cigarettes per day & also increase the risk of “all-cause morbidity”.
Loneliness increases the risk of developing dementia by 50% & stroke by 32% while dramatically increasing of cancer risks according to a 1997 JAMA study, “Social Ties and Susceptibility to the Common Cold,” Researchers found that isolation increases susceptibility to the common cold and respiratory infection.“
A 2015 study found that men experience an 85% increased risk of mortality following losing their jobs. Moreover, a 2020 Lancet study on the “Psychobiological effects of quarantine and how to reduce it,” found ‘most of the adverse effects (suicide,anger & illness)come from ..restriction of liberty.”& “separation from loved ones. “