“Social isolation has been associated with a significantly increased risk of premature mortality from all causes,” the report found, including a “50 percent increased risk of developing dementia,” a “29 percent increased risk of incident coronary heart disease,” a “25 percent increased risk for cancer mortality,” a “59 percent increased risk of functional decline,” and a “32 percent increased risk of stroke.” The mental health risks are also profound. The researchers reviewed dozens of studies and found a consistent relationship between social isolation and depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation.
The below will be an interesting series if it continues.
How can Britain, or any country, trust China to provide critical components for its 5G infrastructure when it could not trust Beijing to provide accurate information about a public health crisis?
How can the US continue to allow the nation’s pharmaceutical and medical equipment to be produced in China when its media mouthpiece publicly threatens to “sink [the United States] into a hell of a novel coronavirus epidemic” by withholding these essential products when they are most direly needed?
How can Beijing expect to step into a global leadership role when it compromised its own people’s health and safety by silencing whistle-blowers and detaining dissidents?
From my perspective, Hong Kong is so crowded we haven't really done ANY social distancing. OK, a bit. But things are so crowded, right?
We've done mask wearing.... but it's so crowded I didn't expect it to be so successful.
Now there's such a big gap between here and Europe. Why? Is it just due to masks? Can it really be just that??
If we had had endemic virus like the US or the UK, would a sudden move to 100 percent mask wearing have been enough? THAT is the question I think everyone would like an answer to.
Personally, while I do think that people should not be sheep and wear masks "just because everyone else is"; the behaviour has certaintly been a lot easier to manage than the US "I should be free not to wear a mask" brigade which are just really bizarre. If mask wearing reduces the R0 below 1, it may be the single cheapest and least invasive of every strategy being discussed. Hard to see why anyone would oppose it for indoor areas!