Steven Ahle| Opinion The experts prepared a report for the United Nations and what they found is the lockdowns disproportionately will affect the poor and some in the middle class.
They are predicting between 111,193 to 178,510 children younger than 5 years old will die from starvation due to the lockdowns.
The number of people living in abject poverty is expected to double before the end of the year. More people will starve to death, the numbers thus far reported, remember, is just for kids 5 years and younger.
States like South Dakota and countries like Sweden who never went into a lockdown seem to be faring much better than states with ridiculous lockdown orders like New York, Michigan and California.
Worldwide, those suffering from food insecurity will almost double to 265 million by the end of this year. People who live in extreme poverty are those who earn less than $1.90 a day. You’d have to save up for three days to get a cup of Starbucks coffee.
The report says:
“We estimate there would be 128,605 (ranging from 111,193 to 178,510 for best and worst-case scenarios) additional deaths in children younger than 5 years during 2020, with an estimated 52% of these deaths in sub-Saharan Africa.”
Starvation is not the only problem small children will have. They estimate another 550,000 additional children each month will be suffering from “wasting” which manifests itself with spindly limbs and a protruding stomach. They have also concluded that the number of lives saved by the lockdowns will be greatly overshadowed by the effects of starvation and wasting.
Charles N. Steel, an associate professor and Herman A. And Suzanne S. Dettwiler Chair in Economics at Hillsdale College said:
“A month is usually a serious problem, and that worsens with multiple months. The COVID lock downs are creating serious problems. They are causing high rates of unemployment ad threaten high rates of business failures. I think that if the lock downs don’t end soon, they’ll cause far more damage and death than the virus.”
“It’s well known that an increase in the unemployment rate leads to an increase in mortality. With unemployment comes rising rates of death from heart attacks, stroke, suicide, and drug and alcohol abuse. Other contributing problems include increased rates of depression, divorce, domestic violence, and other crime. Several estimates have suggested that unemployment from the U.S. lock downs could will result in over 70,000 excess deaths from suicide and drug abuse alone.”