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Covid anxiety has caused crippling damage to children

A parent in our local GAA club has a 20 year-old who was hoping to start a new job which sounded like it could lead to a fulfilling career. “She will [start] if she feels better” said her mother, who then went on to explain that she started getting nervous breakdowns at the start of the covid period.She had what seemed like a neurological debilitation and for a period was unable to move from her bed. She was unable to cope mentally or physically, started having fits and spent some time in hospital with her illness.

Another parent told me that his sister worked as an OT and had seen many children who had similarly reacted in psychosomatic response to the air of hyper-anxiety that surrounded the covid messaging. One child just stopped walking, and has not walked since.

Granted these specific cases are anecdotal, but cases like these are coming up randomly but too frequently to be ignored. We all assume children are resilient; but they are forming mentally, physically, and socially, and stress applied to a young child does not necessarily make them stronger. We are doing awful damage to the young and we are beginning to see signs of it.

The damage will be life-long. Some of it has already occurred. For instance the UN said that tens of millions could starve as a consequence of the disruptions to supply chains caused by the lockdowns. COVID-related hunger could kill more people than the virus | UN Global Compact. The impact felt by shortages in societies where people live hand to mouth is far more severe than it is in the developed world

As co-author of the Great Barrington Declaration, Dr. Jay Bhattacharya has said “We now know that 100’s of thousands of children in places like south Asia have starved as a consequence of lockdowns”

This BBC report estimates that covid disruptions killed 228,000 children in South East Asia.

This has happened already. We were warned of this, and yet the advice was ignored. Was this because it was seen as an acceptable trade-off, or was it just a myopic focus on one public health threat which blinkered peoples’ vision?

These were not difficult things to predict, and yet driven by wildly inaccurate computer model-driven fear, we often lost our senses and made everything subservient to impossible objectives – such as eradicating covid.

Fear gets compliance, but it also causes much bigger problems than the compliance could conceivably fix.

Outside of the front page, studies are coming in thick showing that the social effects of lockdown are severe. One study review showed a doubling of depression and anxiety in children and adolescents.

A longtitudinal neurodevelopment study found that childhood cognitive scores fell dramatically between 2020 and 2021. It concluded that “the environmental changes associated COVID-19 pandemic is significantly and negatively affecting infant and child development.” The study’s authors found that, for infants, cognitive scores were “significantly reduced during the pandemic by 27 to 37 points (or almost two full standard deviations)”

Two standard deviations is a big deal. It’s a massive deal.

We don’t know if these score differentials will follow the children throughout their lives – and if it does it is a disaster beyond measure – or if this is something that the child can catch up on as they develop oral and social skills. The study found that while the stress of working from home while parenting frequently had a negative effect on the children, the greatest impact was felt by low-income families. Like many other aspects of the draconian covid response, it protects the “laptop class” at the expense of the most vulnerable.

For the past two years we have witnessed an ugly fight between a coercive ruling elite and ordinary people who feel powerless and unconsidered. Some people have talked about the collateral damage of the Covid policies, and how it transpires that these seem invisible to the majority.

This seems inexplicable for those who struggle with these new circumstances and are failing under the Covid policy regime. Not everyone can work from home.

While we can get death figures by the day and they have been used to scare people into compliance (though it is funny that the CSO can’t count deaths for the year until the following April) we are much slower to recognise the simmering damage being done to society on a whole range of metrics.

It seems that in the moral panic of preventing covid, a thing clearly manipulated by the expert advisors, media, and policy makers; people’s humanity is being blinded.

Popular podcaster, Lex Friedman, expressed what was wrong with this response in a conversation with Professor of Health policy, Jay Bhattacharya. He said:

“Those who advocate for lockdowns as a policy often ignore the quite suffering of millions that it results in, which includes economic pain, loss of jobs that give meaning and pride in the face of uncertainty, the increase in suicide and suicidal ideation, and in general the fear and anger that arises from the powerlessness forced onto the populace by the self proclaimed elites and experts.”

“Many folks whose job is unaffected by the lockdowns talk down to the masses about which path forward is right and which is wrong. What troubles me most is this very lack of empathy among the policy makers for the common man and in general for people unlike themselves. The landscape of suffering is vast and must be fully considered in calculating the response to the pandemic with humility and with rigorous, open-minded, scientific debate.”

This is a valid critique. From the start, ad-hominem attacks have been used to attack the humanity and the motivations of those opposing the lockdowns while ignoring the real pain they are experiencing. They have painted them as selfish, ignorant, “anti-vaxxers”. This has been a gross distortion of the truth: hard-pushed propaganda wrapped with fear tactics and the language of caring. And it has been run and imposed upon us by self-appointed experts and self appointed gatekeepers of the truth as they define it.

It is precisely their lack of empathy and lack of humanity that has shone through in all of this. We have seen it in the Irish media as they attacked the anti lockdown protestors, who overwhelmingly were working class people. The Irish media, whose livelihoods were not under threat, attacked lockdown protestors and called them stupid, far-right, and selfish.  A basket of deplorables, more or less.

This is a perspective that we have seen from the elites as they look down on ordinary people who struggle with “mere” issues like financial security, job security, and providing for their children. The contempt that the elites have show for ordinary people has been plain all throughout. The lack of humanity, the lack of empathy –ironically the two things they claim to value most, but only when applied to the approved victims – has been visceral.

From the very start this covid response felt like a shakedown. The reasons for staying in lockdown were not properly defined. The goals and objectives that might take us out of lockdown were never properly defined. How do we measure success? Nobody knows; but the powers that be are quick to assign their failure to the public. “It’s the unvaccinated” they might say today. Tomorrow: “It’s the college revellers”.

So apart from the absurd Hail Mary of zero covid, there was no goal in the government policy. All we were given was a nebulous cloud of fear that would paralyse us and prevent us from doing anything, but we were never presented with an objective that we could try and strive for. An objective would at least give you something you could strive towards that would allow you to exit this constant state of fear.

The past two years have seen too much fear and loathing – and apprehension ramped up by the elites who just don’t share the concerns of the “little people”. And it looks as if the children will be the most badly affected.

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