„I answer for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and we are having so many calls where someone is thinking about killing themselves because they were laid off. It’s absolutely awful. I have no answers for these people”, wrote someone on Reddit yesterday after it was publicized that 18% of U.S. workers have lost jobs or hours since Coronavirus hit.
As CCN reports, scariest Coronavirus death toll may not come from COVID-19 but from suicides.
Due to the shutdown, many have lost their jobs – and different types of jobs. Restaurants and bars, but also substitute teachers, marketers, web designers, swim teachers, and so forth.
Some of them are thinking about suicide.
Unemployment projections for United States are already as high as 4.6 million. Meanwhile, there’s a firm body of scientific literature establishing a strong link between unemployment and higher suicide rates.
„Our family currently has no work or income. We have a young child. These are very uncertain times“, wrote one Redditor in a thread dedicated to people losing their jobs due to Coronavirus.
And first suicide attempts because of Coronavirus are already registered in the world.
In India, 47-year-old tried to kill himself after he was quarantined.
This man from India had just returned from Dubai where he was going to find a job but could not and this coupled with isolation could have been the trigger, according to police.
“He was already anxious about not being able to find any job and that, coupled with the isolation, may have led him to the attempt to take his own life. This has nothing to do with the quarantine process,” North Paravur police said.
In United States problematic group could be uninsured people.
Danni Askini, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 and treated in Boston just got the bills for her testing and treatment: $34,927.43.
“I was pretty sticker-shocked,” she said for Time.com.
“I personally don’t know anybody who has that kind of money.”
Like 27 million other Americans, Askini was uninsured when she first entered the hospital. She and her husband had been planning to move to Washington, D.C. this month so she could take a new job, but she hadn’t started yet. Now that those plans are on hold, Askini applied for Medicaid and is hoping the program will retroactively cover her bills. If not, she’ll be on the hook.
Public health experts predict that tens of thousands and possibly millions of people across the United States will likely need to be hospitalized for COVID-19 in the foreseeable future. And Congress has yet to address the problem. On March 18, it passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which covers testing costs going forward, but it doesn’t do anything to address the cost of treatment.