WEF: Lockdown is the world's biggest psychological experiment

From The World Economic Forum’s Website:

• With some 2.6 billion people around the world in some kind of lockdown, we are conducting arguably the largest psychological experiment ever;

• This will result in a secondary epidemic of burnouts and stress-related absenteeism in the latter half of 2020;

• Taking action now can mitigate the toxic effects of COVID-19 lockdowns.

The mental toll of quarantine and lockdown

Currently, an estimated 2.6 billion people – one-third of the world’s population – is living under some kind of lockdown or quarantine. This is arguably the largest psychological experiment ever conducted.

The Lancet published a review of 24 studies documenting the psychological impact of quarantine (the “restriction of movement of people who have potentially been exposed to a contagious disease”). The findings offer a glimpse of what is brewing in hundreds of millions of households around the world.

In short, and perhaps unsurprisingly, people who are quarantined are very likely to develop a wide range of symptoms of psychological stress and disorder, including low mood, insomnia, stress, anxiety, anger, irritability, emotional exhaustion, depression and post-traumatic stress symptoms. Low mood and irritability specifically stand out as being very common, the study notes.

In cases where parents were quarantined with children, the mental health toll became even steeper. In one study, no less than 28% of quarantined parents warranted a diagnosis of “trauma-related mental health disorder”.

See WEF’s article linked above for more.


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Looks like this may be their report card -

While most pandemic measures are justified in the unprecedented global health crisis, 43 per cent of democracies have implemented restrictions that were either illegal, disproportionate, indefinite or unnecessary. If we consider non-democratic countries, the number rises to 61 per cent globally.