Proponents of COVID-related lockdown measures have insisted that they are necessary to save lives by slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
What’s often not discussed, however, is the toll that lockdowns can inflict on those living under them. Sadly, it’s a toll that one 31-year-old woman’s family knows all too well.
On Sunday, the Washington Examiner told the story of an English woman named Kelly Smith who succumbed to bowel cancer earlier this year after her treatment was stopped due to COVID-19.
Lockdowns stopped treatment, cost lives
According to reports, Smith was told by the U.K.’s National Health Service in March that in order to redirect resources to coronavirus, it would be putting a stop to her treatment.
“I’m angry at Covid and that I got put on this break because I don’t think I should have,” the Daily Mail quoted the mother as saying when she was told her care would be halted.
“I’m terrified — absolutely terrified,” the 31-year-old cancer patient continued. “I don’t want to die. I feel like I’ve got so much more to do.” Smith passed away in June, according to the Washington Examiner.
Other diseases must be treated
Subsequently, Karol Sikora, a consultant oncologist at the University of Buckingham, questioned the wisdom of stopping treatment for cancer patients.
“Cancer is not a disease where you can put people on the shelf for three months,” he told the Daily Mail.
Sikora went on: “It’s not like hip replacements or cataract surgery where patients on the waiting list face immense discomfort — if cancer isn’t diagnosed and treated promptly, it can spread, and more people will die.”
Negative effects of lockdowns are widely felt
Smith’s case is horrible, but the evidence suggests that those suffering from cancer are not the only ones to be seriously impacted by coronavirus lockdown policies.
In May, the Washington Examiner cited a study conducted by Just Facts that concluded the mental, physical, and economic effects of extended lockdowns may ultimately claim more lives than remaining open would have.
After reviewing the data, New York psychiatrist Joseph P. Damore, Jr., M.D. concluded: “This research is engaging and thoroughly answers the question about the cure being worse than the disease.”