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A consequence of Wuhan virus? Suicides on the rise in eastern Washington county

This will come as no surprise, except maybe to the bureaucrats and “experts.”

Shutting down one’s livelihood and the economic machine that drives EVERYTHING for EVERYONE has consequences. A severe economic depression is about to hit this country due to governments shutting everything down to try and “save” all of us.

On March 30 I did the following post: “Suicides outpacing Wuhan virus deaths in Knox County, Tennessee.”

At the time a mayor in the county stated, “That number is completely shocking and makes me wonder if what we are doing now is really the best approach.”

Washington State has been under a “Stay at Home” order that has been extended to May 31.

Benton County, Washington has a population of just over 200,000 people. They have 494 positive cases of Wuhan virus with 43 deaths reported. You do the math.

The county has been ordered shut down for WEEKS and residents are to stay home for another month. As a result, unemployment is on the rise in Benton County.

So are suicides.

Last week the Tri-City Heralded reported that suicides in Benton County had surged in the seven weeks since the Wuhan virus outbreak. From their story:

The number of suicides in Benton County spiked since the middle of March.

Fourteen people died by suicide so far this year in the county. And eight of the deaths were between March 12 and April 23, Benton County Coroner Bill Leach said.

The increase coincides with the tightening of social and work restrictions to slow the spread of the new coronavirus and the respiratory illness it causes, COVID-19.”

The Kennewick Police also report “a growing number of calls about suicidal threats or concerns about people who might harm themselves.”

Read the whole story here.


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