11 Jan. 2022 16:37 Uhr
The corona crisis also has psychological consequences, which are often referred to as “collateral damage”. Depression, anxiety and addictions are said to have increased. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach does not consider the policy of measures to be the cause, but the virus crisis in general.
The corona pandemic has been going on for a good two years. The psychosocial consequences, such as depression, anxiety, loneliness and stress, have been mentioned again and again in the past.
In March 2021, almost 400 child and adolescent psychologists and psychiatrists outlined in an open letter to politicians what they said was a gloomy reality: the psychiatric hospitals were overloaded with severely affected minors. In addition to depression, anxiety and eating disorders spread as well as the abuse of drugs and alcohol. Another addiction problem, for example, is the rapidly increasing consumption of media. Likewise, more wards would be victims of domestic violence and massive neglect.
At the end of August, the psychoneuroimmunologist Professor Dr. Christian Schubert in an interview with the magazine Cicero on the subject Position:
“The collateral damage is already immense, but there is no prospect of a change in strategy – on the contrary. Fighting the virus is entirely in line with the mechanistic image of man and is based solely on the technical aspects.”
Finally, researchers from the University of Queensland, Australia and the University of Washington decided to investigate the psychosocial sequelae. The scientists came across the specialist magazine The Lancet to the result that the number of mental illnesses has increased enormously worldwide as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020 there were an estimated 53 million cases of major depressive disorders and 76 million additional cases of anxiety disorders that could be attributed to the virus crisis. That corresponds to a global increase of 28 and 26 percent. In Germany, the growth rate is still comparatively low at just under 17 percent.
Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach meanwhile pointed out that the mental disorders are presumably more due to the corona situation as a whole than to the protective measures. The SPD politician rejected allegations that the German corona policy with its measures – which were “somewhat stricter” in international comparison – was responsible for the increase in mental disorders. In the ARDThe SPD politician announced on Monday evening that the broadcast “Hart aber fair” was:
“You have to be careful here, in my opinion, the studies don’t provide that.”
Lauterbach argued that states that did less than Germany had more mental disorders. The Minister of Health cited the USA as an example, and then went on to say that, in his opinion, a great many deaths could have been avoided there. In addition, there were “great stresses on the children” and also “mental disorders”.
“I believe that a large part of these problems is simply due to the terrible pandemic, but that this cannot simply be blamed on the lockdown we practiced, which was necessary at the time.”
Lauterbach also called the British government’s waiver of strict measures despite the explosion in the number of infections an “unethical bet”. With its course of protecting people, Germany did not do any worse economically than Great Britain, for example. The British course is also out of the question because the vaccination rate in Germany, especially among older people, is much worse than that in Great Britain.
“I would like a strategy like the one in England, which amounts to contamination without anyone wanting to call it that – I would never recommend such a strategy. And the federal government is not available for that either.”
With a view to complaints from doctors about an inadequate supply of vaccines, Lauterbach said: “It is up to the federal states to make this allocation. And I would also imagine a slightly different allocation from country to country.” Overall, there is more vaccine than necessary to be able to cover the entire population who are ready for booster vaccinations – but not the vaccine from the manufacturers BioNTech and Pfizer, which is particularly in demand, but above all that from Moderna. Moderna cans were bought in large quantities, BioNTech, however, could not be sufficiently procured “for production reasons”.
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