A report released by Statistics Canada shows that since the fall of 2020 there have been higher excess deaths as a result of the negative impact of lockdowns than from COVID-19. These deaths are affecting younger populations, suggesting that other factors, including possible indirect impacts of the lockdowns are now at play, including delayed medical treatments, cancelled diagnosis, suicides, and increased substance use.
The unconstitutional lockdowns have wreaked havoc on Canadians suffering from mental illness, opioid addiction and other substance abuse problems, says a study released by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) which confirms anecdotal reports warning that the lockdown health consequences extend well beyond COVID-19.
During the fall of 2020, younger people became more heavily affected by excess deaths, as 35% of these deaths involved individuals under the age of 65, up from 14% in the spring.
The number of deaths was 24% higher than expected for men aged under 45, followed by women aged 45 to 64, who recorded 14% more deaths than expected. By comparison, there were 6% more deaths than expected among those aged 85 and older during the fall period.
As these shifts imply an increase in deaths not directly caused by COVID-19, it is important to note that some deaths may be due to the indirect consequences of the lockdown, which could include increases in mortality due to overdoses.