With states in the initial stages of reopening their economies, early research seems to indicate that the stay-at-home orders may not have had as much impact on the spread of COVID-19 as the conventional wisdom held.
We may be on the cusp of a different “mass casualty incident,” a group of over 600 doctors recently argued in an open letter to President Trump. The doctors assert that 150,000 patients have had cancer go undetected during the lockdown. Even more have foregone treatment for conditions that could lead to heart disease or stroke.
Sadly, these physicians may be right.
Suspensions of routine medical care and elective surgeries have harmed patients across the country. In the end, the lockdowns may result in more sickness and death from other causes than the pandemic itself.