Cognitive Health Decline from the Covid Lockdowns By Mrs Vera West
The adverse effects of the Covid lockdowns are beginning to get into mainstream discussions, at least within the science and medicine journals. Thus, a study has recently appeared in the journal The Lancet Healthy Longevity, titled "Cognitive Decline in Older Adults in the UK During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic." The study showed that there was significant cognitive decline in the older UK population, over the years of the lockdowns. The social isolation from the lockdowns had a substantial impact, with psychological factors limiting cognitive engagement, which is needed to maintain a healthy brain. Social isolation led to unhealthy activities being the norm, such as lack of exercise and increased drug and alcohol consumption. These all impacted upon mental health. And, the impacts are long lasting, and did not disappear after the lockdowns. The possibility of an epidemic of dementia now looms.
Yet, despite evidence like this, with there being severe impacts as well upon children, such as with mask wearing inhibiting language learning, the health authorities and technocrats are holding fast and not admitting that the lockdowns were a failure, even though the lockdowns failed to stop transmission of the Covid virus. The medical technocrats are prepared to roll the lockdowns back in at the first opportunity, being drunk on the power that plandemics give them.
“Unprecedented, draconian lockdowns and social distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic have had far-reaching impacts on people’s mental health. Gee - who could have predicted that!? A recent longitudinal study published in The Lancet Healthy Longevity, titled "Cognitive decline in older adults in the UK during and after the COVID-19 pandemic," sheds light on one such unintended consequence: the worsening cognitive health of lockdown victims.
The study utilised data from the PROTECT study, focussing on the cognitive health of older adults in the UK. It found a significant decline in executive function and working memory during the first year of the pandemic, persisting into the second year for working memory. Notably, this decline was observed across the entire cohort, including those with mild cognitive impairment and those who had a history of COVID-19.
Key findings from the study include:
- Worsening Cognitive Functions- The study revealed a notable decline in executive function and working memory among older adults during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. This decline was not a transient phenomenon but persisted into the second year, specifically in working memory. This observation is significant as it suggests that the impact of lockdowns on cognitive health was both profound and enduring. Importantly, this decline was not limited to a specific subset of the population; it was a widespread phenomenon affecting individuals with varying cognitive baselines, including those with mild cognitive impairment and those who had recovered from COVID-19.
- Associations with Lifestyle Changes- The study highlighted the role of lockdown-induced changes in lifestyle as significant factors associated with cognitive decline. With lockdowns and social distancing measures in place, many older adults experienced reduced physical activity, a known factor for maintaining cognitive health. Additionally, increased alcohol consumption, another consequence of the pandemic lifestyle changes, was linked to the observed cognitive decline. Loneliness and depression, exacerbated by the isolation during lockdowns, were also identified as contributing factors.
- Impact on Different Groups- The study paid special attention to the cognitive decline in specific groups, notably individuals with mild cognitive impairment and those with a history of COVID-19. These groups exhibited a more significant decline compared to the general older adult population. This finding is crucial because it highlights the vulnerability of certain subgroups to the broader impacts of being removed from society. For individuals with mild cognitive impairment, lockdowns could potentially accelerate the progression towards more severe cognitive disorders, including dementia.
- Long-term Implications- One of the most concerning implications of this study is the potential long-term risk of dementia, especially in those with pre-existing cognitive impairments. The sustained decline in cognitive functions like executive function and working memory could contribute to an accelerated progression towards dementia.
Where were all these fancy professors when these ridiculous lockdowns were suggested? If lay folk like me could predict the terrible consequences of removing people from their friends and family at the time, why didn’t these supposedly intelligent people step up and say something? Cowardice? Groupthink? Fear? All three probably but we are supposed to be impressed with how intelligent they are and what interesting studies they undertake now!
The UK Covid Inquiry is in full swing at the moment and when I say full swing I mean wasting a lot of taxpayers money. Any discussion of Covid origins is shut down and any lockdown sceptics that give evidence are belittled. Unsurprisingly, it will be a huge whitewash. Already we are seeing the key messages that will be published in the final report - lockdowns should have been harder and sooner. Very little examination of the damaging effects of lockdowns is being undertaken. Studies such as this one should be at the forefront, showing why lockdowns should never ever happen again.”