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Officials are warning that "deaths of despair" may rise amid pandemic-induced isolation.
A recent study projects that 75,000 American lives may be claimed by another epidemic growing alongside the coronavirus pandemic―an epidemic of “deaths of despair” from drug or alcohol abuse and suicide brought on by the collective toll of social isolation, joblessness, and uncertainty about the future.
Concerns about a spike in deaths of despair during the pandemic is particularly concerning because they were on an upward trend prior to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. As this chart from USAFacts shows, while suicides and deaths from alcohol abuse were steadily rising there was a sharp uptick in drug overdoses in the last five years:
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Fauci Warns of 'Irreparable Damage' of Extended Stay-at-Home Orders
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, told CNBC on Friday that stay-at-home orders could cause “irreparable damage” if they’re in effect too long:
“Depending upon the dynamics of the infection in the particular state, city, region, county that you’re in, we certainly want to, in a cautious way, be opening. We can’t stay locked down for such a considerable period of time that you might do irreparable damage and have unintended consequences, including consequences for health.”
Fauci’s comments come as all 50 states have begun a partial reopening of their societies and economies from the coronavirus pandemic-induced stay-at-home orders as of this week.
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