The aspect of the response to the epidemic that outrages me most is the impact of children. Depriving them of school and social exposures, forcing them to wear masks and scaring the hell out of them, delaying their normal immune system development, which has led to serious RSV and other disease waves in children, and missing needed health care including routine vaccinations, while attempting to force marginally, at best, CV-19 vaccinations on them. There was no excuse for these actions, as it was apparent from the start that the virus posed an extremely low risk to them. The broader public health was once more ignored.
A new pair of studies shows the impact of some of these policies. There is a mental health crisis among children, the majority have some mental health issues, many are deeply depressed. And one way they cope is by spending more time staring at screens, which has been shown in a large body of research to be linked to mental health and learning problems. During the epidemic daily screen time increased by over 50%. (JAMA Study)
Eating disorders have long been a problem for adolescents and young adults. As you might expect, the rate at which these groups sought treatment for eating disorders rose significantly during the epidemic. These disorders are particularly hard to treat and tend to persist for many years. (JAMA Study)
I would like to think there will be an accounting for the damage done to children by the epidemic response; an accounting for Little Timmy Walz, Jan Malcolm and all the others who pushed these policies and the terror campaign, but I doubt it will ever happen.