“It is incumbent on the courts to ensure decisions are made according to the rule of law, not hysteria,” Justice David F. Viviano wrote Friday, MLive.com reported. The court’s 7-0 decision vacated a lower court order that upheld the state’s attempt to close the Owosso, Michigan shop.
“I knew that traits from the so-called Dark Triad (narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy) as well as the traits subsumed within psychopathy are linked to health risk behavior and health problems, and I expected them to be implicated in health behaviors during the pandemic. There is also prior research suggesting that people high on the Dark Triad traits may knowingly and even deliberately put other people’s health at risk, e.g., by engaging in risky sexual behavior and not telling their partner about having HIV or STIs,” Blagov told PsyPost.
“I don’t question the need for a lockdown in March,” said Dr. Martha Fulford, an infectious diseases specialist and chief of medicine for the McMaster University Medical Centre. “But now we have more information. And two months in, we are at a stage where the harm from lockdown is starting to look like it is going to be greater than the harm from COVID.
“And that is the conversation I think we should be having.”
In the first big research scandal of the COVID-19 era, The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) today retracted two high-profile papers after a company declined to make the underlying data for both available for an independent audit, following questions being raised about the research. The Lancet paper, which claimed an antimalarial drug touted by President Donald Trump for treatment of COVID-19 could cause serious harm without helping patients, had had a global impact, halting trials of one of the drugs by the World Health Organization (WHO) and others.
Unemployment brought on by the COVID-19 lockdown could trigger as many as 2,100 extra suicides this year and next, predicts a new study whose lead author is calling on governments to re-open the economy faster.
The paper by University of Toronto researchers says action is “urgently needed” to prevent mental distress that could lead to hundreds more people than usual taking their own lives.