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Covid-19 is causing a mental health crisis—but ending lockdown would make it worse

The effects of the disease are likely to trigger an increase in depression

By Oliver Kamm  

Photo: Depression can strike unexpectedly. Credit: Pixabay

The most severe restrictions on personal liberty since the Second World War are bound to have an effect on mental health. Writing for the World Economic Forum (WEF) in the early stages of the pandemic, Elke Van Hoof, a Belgian clinical psychologist, noted that around 2.6bn people worldwide were then under some form of lockdown, which she termed “arguably the largest psychological experiment ever.”

The WEF features in the weird conspiracy theory of Covid denialists that the pandemic is all a ruse to implement a global tyranny, so it’s worth stressing that the costs of lockdown are well…

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