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Australian Psychiatrist Says Achieving Zero COVID Cases ‘Unrealistic’, Affecting Mental Healthon August 18, 2021 at 1:38 am

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An Australian psychiatrist has said the “idea” of achieving zero COVID-19 cases through lockdowns is “unrealistic” and has consequences for people’s mental health. Instead, lockdowns should be abandoned once the 70-80 percent vaccination threshold is reached, Patrick McGorry, a psychiatrist and former Australian of the Year, told The Age. “The zero-COVID idea in the long run, once all the vaccines are available, it seems to me like it’s very unrealistic, and the consequences of it, including for mental health, would be something I’d be concerned about,” McGorry said. While the spread of the Delta strain of the CCP virus has seen state governments place more than half of the population into lockdown, there are concerns that health systems have been overwhelmed by young Australians seeking mental health services. In NSW, presentations at emergency wards for self-harm and suicidal ideation increased 17 percent from July 2020 to July 2021, while Victoria …

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