At least they didn’t sneeze and cough for a few days
Killing a quarter million children is a very small price to pay for preventing the deaths of potentially dozens of old people in nursing homes from a virus that probably doesn’t even exist.
The disruption in healthcare services caused by Covid-19 may have led to an estimated 239,000 maternal and child deaths in South Asia, according to a new UN report.
It’s focused on Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, home to some 1.8 billion people.
The report found that women, children and adolescents were the worst-hit.
South Asia has reported nearly 13 million Covid cases and more than 186,000 deaths so far.
(Editor’s note: that death number is totally made up.)
Many countries, including those in South Asia, responded to the pandemic with stringent lockdowns. While hospitals, pharmacies and grocers remained open, almost everything else shut down.
The report – Direct and Indirect Effects of Covid-19 Pandemic and Response in South Asia – examines the effect of these government strategies on healthcare, social services, including schools, and the economy.
It estimates that there have been 228,000 additional deaths of children under five in these six countries due to crucial services, ranging from nutrition benefits to immunisation, being halted.
It says the number of children being treated for severe malnutrition fell by more than 80% in Bangladesh and Nepal, and immunisation among children dropped by 35% and 65% in India and Pakistan respectively.
The report also says that child mortality rose the highest in India in 2020 – up by 15.4% – followed by Bangladesh at 13%. Sri Lanka saw the sharpest increase in maternal deaths – 21.5% followed by Pakistan’s 21.3%.
The full effect of the pandemic – and ensuing lockdowns – is just starting to become clear as countries take stock of their public health and education programmes.
Experts in India already fear that malnutrition rates will be significantly worse across the country when the data pours in over the next few months.
It’s always sad when children die by the hundreds of thousands because of reckless actions by the government that make no sense.
But we have to get this virus under control.
We just can’t have people getting this supposed flu virus, and while the mass death is sad, it’s a price we have to pay to flatten the curve. That’s what science has demanded, and no man can stand against science. A pile of dead children cannot stand before science.
Science laughs at dead children.
Science demands that we flatten the curve.
Science, pictured here flattening the curve.