It was painful to watch a tearful interview with a young Nevada dad talking about the death of his middle school aged son.
The son never got Covid-19, but the dad is convinced that Covid-19 killed his son. How is this possible? Isolation may have caused his son to commit suicide last year.
Clark County in Nevada has mourned the suicide deaths of 19 students since March of 2020 when the school district shut down because of Covid concerns. Now administrators are considering opening up the school district so students can study together again, play together again and just be kids again.
Nationwide expert said they cannot determine if the isolation triggered by Covid-19 has caused suicide rates to climb. Since 2000 the suicide rate in the US has spiked by 35 percent.
The numbers don’t lie in Nevada. Since March of 2020, 19 students have killed themselves. There were only nine suicides in 2019. However, there is a cause and effect for every action. Teachers are fearful of contacting the disease and dying if schools open up. Nearly 80,000 Americans have died from the Covid in January according to Johns Hopkins University, making it the deadliest month during the pandemic.
President Joe Biden warns the number could increase unless Americans are more diligent about wearing masks, social distancing and getting vaccinated.
Isolation is rough. My son Brandon sometimes paced like a caged tiger during his senior year in high school when West Bloomfield’s school district went virtual. This winter we allowed him to live in the dorms at Michigan State University. He misses mom and dad, but there seems to be an inner peace when he talks about meeting new friends and hanging out in the cafeteria.
I struggle with isolation also, but bridge the people gap by interacting with folks on social media. We are a social society and we better understand the importance of bars and restaurants. Yes, they provide millions of jobs, but they also allow us to laugh and talk and hug.
Barbara Streisand’s song “People” really holds true today. The song says “People who need people are the luckiest people in the world.”
We must trust the process more. There are people who still refuse to wear mask or practice social distancing. And a number of American’s say they refuse to be vaccinated when their turn comes around.
I’ve even received propaganda that says the vaccines are filled with egg yolk, transmitters and harmful chemicals that can make you sterile or harm pregnant women.
Of course black people remind me of the Tuskegee Experiment why we should not take the vaccine. I’m not falling for the hype. I’m getting my shot as soon as I am eligible.
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