Sunday, August 16, 2020

(CDC) 25% of young adults seriously considered suicide during lockdown; FDA Authorizes a Cheap, Fast Saliva Test, and Other C-Virus Updates

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Horowitz: CDC: 25% of young adults seriously considered suicide during lockdown:
Anthony Fauci and his mini-mes in state health departments never gamed out the cost of a panicked reaction to the country’s mental health. But according to the CDC, one quarter of American young adults have thought about committing suicide since the beginning of this panic epidemic.
According to a brand-new CDC report titled “Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” 25.5% of 18-24-year-olds surveyed in late June had serious thoughts about committing suicide during the previous 30 days. Among 25-44-year-olds, that number was 16% – still shockingly high. On the other hand, it was just 3.8% among those 45-64 and 2.0% among those over 65. The levels of suicidal tendencies overall more than doubled since 2018 and nearly quadrupled for people between 25 and 44.
This survey harmonizes perfectly with another study I’ve highlighted that shows younger people are, ironically, more scared of dying of the virus than older people. The two are clearly related. They are suicidal because of the degree of panic and anxiety the government has caused both by overstating the threat of the virus and by the lockdowns and social isolation. The sad irony is that younger people are more likely to die in a car accident than from COVID-19.
When so many people seriously consider suicide, many of them follow through with it. In Fresno, California, for example, suicides were up 70% in June compared to the same period in 2019. The National Alliance on Mental Illness Help Line has seen a 65% increase in calls and emails since March, particularly among high schoolers. ---->READ MORE HERE
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The FDA Authorizes a Cheap, Fast Saliva Test—and the NBA Is Involved:
Chantal Vogels studies bugs. A medical entomologist at the Yale School of Public Health, her expertise is mosquitoes, ticks and the nasty viruses they spread.
“Human research is new to me,” she said.
But she went from studying the very small to the very tall as part of a Yale team trying to solve the biggest problem in the United States through an improbable population of research subjects: NBA players.
That same Yale team was granted an emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday for a product called SalivaDirect, which uses spit instead of swabs to test for the novel coronavirus in people suspected of having Covid-19.
FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn called SalivaDirect “groundbreaking” in its efficiency, and Trump administration testing coordinator Adm. Brett Giroir said that it was “yet another testing innovation game-changer that will reduce the demand for scarce testing resources.”
The next aim is to prove that SalivaDirect can detect the virus in people who don’t feel sick, as experts consider asymptomatic screening critical to preventing silent transmission and crushing the spread. That work is being done with help from the NBA. ---->READ MORE HERE
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