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Center for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield said in a webinar that suicides and drug overdoses have surpassed the death rate for COVID-19 among high school students in the US. Redfield said that lockdowns and lack of public schooling constituted a disproportionally negative impact on young peoples’ mental health.
"But there has been another cost that we’ve seen, particularly in high schools," Redfield said. "We’re seeing, sadly, far greater suicides now than we are deaths from COVID. We’re seeing far greater deaths from drug overdose that are above excess that we had as background than we are seeing the deaths from COVID. So this is why I keep coming back for the overall social being of individuals, is let’s all work together and find out how we can find common ground to get these schools open in a way that people are comfortable and their safe."
Roughly 146,000 people have died from COVID or COVID-related causes in the U.S., according to CDC data.
Where Redfield obtained his data is unknown as current year data compilation will not be available for another year, although a doctor at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, CA claimed the facility has “seen a year’s worth of suicide attempts in the last four weeks.”
A nurse from that same hospital said “What I have seen recently, I have never seen before, I have never seen so much intentional injury.“