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Jan 16, 2021 3 min read

COVID Lockdowns: Poverty, Healthcare, & Global Hunger

COVID Lockdowns: Poverty, Healthcare, & Global Hunger

To no ones surprise, shutting down countries and cutting off supply chains has had devastating affects on poverty, hunger caused by it, and healthcare.

8 million Americans fell into poverty during the pandemic.

Between March 25th and April 10th 2020, a study found...

  • 40% of adults reported that their families lost jobs, work hours, or work related income due to the pandemic.
  • 31% of adults reported that their families could not pay the rent, mortgage, or utility bills, were food insecure, or went without medical care because of the cost during the last 30 days.
  • 68% of families below the federal poverty level reported that their families experiences at least one of these hardships.

Sources: The Urban Institute

World Hunger Is Rising

Under lockdowns, there is a 75-100% reduction of essential nutritional services in low-to-middle-income countries.

The number of people in low-to-middle-income countries facing food insecurity will double to 265 million by the end of 2020.

An estimated 6-7 million children could suffer from severe malnutrition in the first 12 months of the pandemic.

10,000 children may perish per month globally during the first 12 months of the pandemic.

9 to 14 percent of adults with children reported that their children didn’t eat enough in because they couldn’t afford it. That's millions of children.

1 in 6 Americans could face hunger.

Sources: The Lancet, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Healthcare Treatment and Diagnosis Are Dropping

Less people are getting screened for cancer. Screenings fell by the following:

In the U.K, 2.1 million people were waiting for various cancer screenings during April.

In the U.S, diagnosis for6 cancers dropped by 46.4%compared to the 2018 numbers. The cancers include breast, colorectal, lung, pancreatic, gastric, and esophageal.

Less people are getting treated for diseases.

  1. Chemotherapy admissions dropped by 45-66%.
  2. Urgent referrals for early cancer diagnosis decreased 70-89%.
  3. Heart attack treatments in 9 major U.S hospitals decreased by 38%.
  4. In Spain, diagnostic procedures for cardiological illnesses dropped by 56%. Other procedures dropped by as much as 81%.
  5. Deaths from Alzheimer’s and dementia increased by more than 20 percent above normal during the summer.

Stuck Inside, Domestic Abuse Is Metastasizing

  1. EU reported a 60% rise in emergency calls about domestic violence.
  2. Continuing lockdowns could result in an extra 31 million cases of gender based violence across the globe.
  3. Physical intimate partner violence has almost doubled between March and May 2020.
  4. Charities that raise funds for men who suffer domestic abuse had pleas for help jump by 60%.
  5. As schools closed down, there has been a wide-spread decline in reports of child abuse, yet an increase in evidence of it. For the US, this means 212,500 unreported allegations of child abuse because of the lockdown.
  6. Australian federal police recorded a 136 percent increase in online child sex exploitation material. The Philippine government say a 260% increase.
  7. The National Sexual Assault Hotline recorded a 22% increase in calls from people younger than 18.

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