The number of Covid-19 deaths in the US exceeded 100,000 on Wednesday, according to the latest data released.
While I value all lives, I would like to put into perspective the numbers.
An estimated 46% or 46,000 of the US deaths occurred in nursing or assisted living homes. However, another 1.6 million victims have so far survived the virus.
So we lock down the $19 trillion US economy for 54,000 Covid-19 deaths, which does not count the growing number of suicides. The 54,000 figure for about 4 months equates to roughly one month of US deaths normally determined to be heart disease related.
Multiple studies show that the pandemic has caused stress and anxiety to rise for a majority of Americans. The loss of work and livelihood are the central issues.
A recent study found that more than half of U.S. adults (56 percent) report that worry related to the Covid-18 outbreak has caused them stress-induced symptoms like insomnia, poor appetite or overeating, or frequent headaches or stomach aches, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey.
This dovetails with an ongoing US Census Bureau report that found one-third of all Americans are struggling with anxiety or depression because of Covid-19 shut down.
The study, of approximately 40,000 people, found 47.4 percent of Americans age 18 to 29 have exhibited signs of anxiety or depression, where only 19.8 percent of adults in their 70s had similar feelings.
Government mental health officials saw a 1,000% increase in calls made to crisis hotlines in April, according to the latest numbers.
One Texas study suggests if the US unemployment reaches Depression-era levels, which is more than likely in the short term, then we could see 18,000 additional US suicides and 22,000 additional drug overdose deaths.
One last note, the word quarantine means to isolated the sick for 40 days, not lock down the US economy for 4 months.