UK Report Shows That COVID Was Not The Biggest Threat To Children

As stated in a preprinted study all the way from the United Kingdom, over five times more children committed suicide than died from COVID-19 throughout the pandemic.

Groups of researchers hailing from the University of Bristol, the University of York, University of Liverpool, and University College London looked over and compared the morbidity stats taken from the UK’s National Child Morbidity Database with Public Health England going on to test the data from between March 2020 and February 2021, as stated by a recent report that is currently undergoing the peer-review process. Over twenty-five “children and young people,” which are discreetly defined as persons under the age of eighteen years old, died of COVID-19 during the tested period. These numbers can be extrapolated out to show the morbidity rate for COVID-19 was, therefore, two per every million.

However, over 124 children died of suicide during that exact same time period, which is almost five times the number of children who passed away directly from COVID-19.

The study goes on to state:

The current UK advice on those defined as “clinically extremely vulnerable” was initially extrapolated from adult risk and it remains very cautious.22 Even taking into consideration the effect of shielding (as both adults and CYP shielded at times during this period) the risk of serious outcomes from SARS-CoV-2 for under 18’s remains extremely low. The risk of removal of CYP from their normal activities across education and social events may prove a greater risk than that of SARS-CoV-2 itself. 

These findings are important for guiding policy on vaccination strategies amongst CYP and on guiding families and schools on protection of those at higher clinical risk. Going forward, linkage of the NCMD to other national datasets will enable complete capture of co-morbidities in CYP. 

There have been similar concerns about the mental health effects of the government-induced lockdowns cropping up in the United States. CDC data shows that the number of emergency room visits for possible suicide attempts shot up by almost 51% among teenage girls during the COVID-19  lockdowns and lawmakers’ policy responses.

As detailed by the CDC:

During 2020, the proportion of mental health-related emergency department (ED) visits among adolescents aged 12–17 years increased 31% compared with that during 2019.

In May 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, ED visits for suspected suicide attempts began to increase among adolescents aged 12–17 years, especially girls. During February 21–March 20, 2021, suspected suicide attempt ED visits were 50.6% higher among girls aged 12–17 years than during the same period in 2019; among boys aged 12–17 years, suspected suicide attempt ED visits increased 3.7%.

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