Humans are social creatures. We need friends to make life feel like living. This is especially true in young people. Teenagers in particular are known to prefer the company of friends over family.
Locking up children for a year or more, without their friends, has had a horrible effect on their mental health. The rate of suicide attempts in teenagers raised dramatically in 2020. Teenage girls in particular attempted at a higher rate.
During 2020, the proportion of mental health–related emergency department (ED) visits among adolescents aged 12–17 years increased 31% compared with that during 2019.
In May 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, ED visits for suspected suicide attempts began to increase among adolescents aged 12–17 years, especially girls.
During February 21–March 20, 2021, suspected suicide attempt ED visits were 50.6% higher among girls aged 12–17 years than during the same period in 2019; among boys aged 12–17 years, suspected suicide attempt ED visits increased 3.7%.CDC
You can see how people feel about this if you just take a look at any social media. People in places that still have lockdowns are depressed. They miss their friends but they’re scared to see them.
Children are always more sensitive to drastic changes. They’re also less likely to get COVID. For them, lockdowns are more dangerous than the virus.
We have a generation of children that have been forced into basically solitary confinement for a year. How is that going to affect them as adults? We won’t know for years.