COVID’s school closure has caused an increase in admissions to the emergency department for mental health, suicidal ideation, says an article in Tablet Magazine

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The continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people in America are becoming clearer every day, presenting a crisis that is not limited to academic backwardness and peer social decline, but also to the alarmingly neglected state of mental health, which leads more children and adolescents in emergency rooms across the country.

An article in Tablet Magazine on Wednesday revealed the problem, citing Dr. Jeanne Noble’s concerns after she saw a sharp rise in both emergency services, citing “mental health” shortly after the pandemic first struck. world in 2020

Noble, an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and director of the COVID-19 emergency response department at UCSF, has seen alarming increases in suicidal thoughts and signs of cutting and eating disorders in children and adolescents and therefore advocated a “safe way to reopen schools”.

The author of the article, Alex Gutentag, delved into Nobel’s advocacy for children amid controversial and regressive closures of pandemic-era schools, noting her presentation at the Alameda County Public Health Department in California, where she released emergency records. to justify the consideration of children’s mental health and asked, “What are you trying to do?”


Empty classroom in elementary school.
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Gutentag also stressed the urgency of prioritizing COVID-19 numbers instead of drawing attention to the devastating effects that school closures already have on children’s mental health, focusing on a discussion of how COVID-era rules circumvent the problem. and pointed to the alarming statistics of the CDC, which found a 51% increase in the number of visits to the emergency department by adolescent girls compared to the 2019 figures.


Gutentag also highlighted the damage to the social lives of children and adolescents and classroom presence, which inevitably contributes to overall mental health, citing a study that found that 22 percent of students are now “chronically absent” from American schools. which the closure has on schools in the United States. the poorest students.

Gutentag also noted that many school systems have tried to “hide theirs.” [pandemic-era] mistakes ”by removing existing talent programs available to students and by setting aside standardized tests that some have done, citing a more“ fair ”approach.

A student listens to her second and third grade teacher at the Robert M. Pyles STEM Academy in Stanton, California on Thursday, January 13, 2022. (Photo by Paul Bersebach / MediaNews Group / Orange County Register via Getty Images)

A student listens to her second and third grade teacher at the Robert M. Pyles STEM Academy in Stanton, California on Thursday, January 13, 2022. (Photo by Paul Bersebach / MediaNews Group / Orange County Register via Getty Images)

“The available figures tell a worrying story of educational deviations, which are likely to prevent a large number of children from acquiring basic skills, both intellectual and social, which will have to take decent jobs,” she wrote, citing statistics on lack of skills. of math in Maryland (85 percent fail to meet required standards) and an even more alarming 93 percent fail to meet those standards in Baltimore.

Gutentag also turned to Twitter to draw attention to the issue, writing: “The damage caused by the closure of schools was not inevitable. Many doctors and scientists predicted this damage and called for schools to reopen. They were systematically ignored and silenced while the children suffered the consequences. “


In the comments, users were pleased to see the problem come to light, applauding the article, including writer and pediatrician Dr. Aaron Keriati, who praised Gutentag as one of the “smartest and smartest journalists” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This article on the perfectly foreseeable adverse effects of school closures is excellent,” he added.

Syndicated columnist Phil Kerpen thanked Gutentag for writing the article with his own tweet, and Townhall’s lawyer and columnist Phil Holloway called the article “current writing of what future historians will write about the # COVID19 era and what we did with our children.” the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Dr. Anthony Fauci, and other medical experts to promote school closures.

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