More then once we've talked the Definition of Insanity---
The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result
And how it is LockDowns (Stress & Isolation are increasing depression, anxiety etc., Loss of income. Inability to get necessary medical treatments etc.,) Are Killing People
- 3 Studies Suggest Pandemic Fear Porn & Response Lead to More Depression: Ends Don't Justify the Means
As jurisdictions across the country ponder tighter restrictions, an ER doctor in the Greater Toronto Area is stepping forward to call for a more balanced approach.
“The main message I want to get across is I want people to adhere to public health measures and try to do their part, but locking people up is not the answer,” says Dr. Gil Nimni, who works as an emergency physician in York Region, in an interview with the Sun.
Watching the conversation around COVID-19 unfold, Nimni feels like there’s only one voice being heard — the pro-lockdown perspective — when really what’s needed is more open discourse.
“When I see other physicians calling for complete lockdowns and further restrictions, even though we’ve had pretty heavy-handed restriction for the last four weeks or so with no change and even worsening numbers, you always have to think what are we doing and is this the right approach,” says Nimni, who is also an assistant clinical professor at the University of Toronto.
Nimni says he’s seen both mild and severe cases of patients who have COVID-19 but he’s also seeing the other tolls the lockdowns are having.
“The sad tragedy in all of this is when the government tells people to lock down, unfortunately that translates into people not seeking care for things they should. You see a lot of late presentation in things that should have been dealt with weeks earlier. Those are the concerning issues,” the ER doctor says.
“There has to be some middle ground here.”
He says things at least aren’t as bad as during the first wave, when the emergency rooms were extremely quiet. “It’s not as bad now because more people are understanding the implications and that they’re unlikely to get COVID going to the hospitals.”
What Nimni would like to see is an approach that focuses on the actual trouble spots.
“The issue here is protecting the vulnerable populations — the elderly in long-term-care facilities, people in retirement homes, people with bad co-morbidities who would be susceptible to serious outcomes. These are the areas where we should be focusing our efforts.
“If the issue is about preserving hospital capacity, then we should be working on ways to increase capacity instead of locking people up,” Nimni adds.
The federal government revealed that 80% of deaths in Canada during the first-wave occurred among long-term-care residents. But advocates of lockdowns stress that broader society still needs to be heavily restricted to prevent overwhelming the hospital system.
“The reality of the situation is that it seems like there’s a significant percentage of transmission happening in private gatherings,” Nimni says. “I don’t think lockdowns are going to fix that problem. A more balanced approach would be to find the specific sources of where most of the transmissions are happening and try to address those issues.”
As community spread of COVID-19 continues throughout Canada, some voices are urging for the closure of schools, although government and public health officials have stressed that the virus does not appear to be spreading within the classroom.
“When people start calling for closing schools, I can’t tell you how detrimental that is to the overall mental health and well-being of our children,” Nimni says. “Show me evidence where COVID is rampant in schools and the kids are bringing it home.”
There's no evidence of that. There's just fear
A balanced approach seems to be the prudent path forward, with more and more medical professionals stepping forward to voice their support for it.
Yet for that to happen, the politicians will need to welcome more diverse voices to the table. So far, they’ve surrounded themselves with medical advisers who have a one-track mind, fixated on ever-stricter lockdowns.
The government surrounds themselves with those they want to hear. To the detriment of everyone else. Society. Small business. Families.