UCI News

Stabbings, gunshots a ‘2nd pandemic’ In Orange County, study says

MSN (Patch), March 2, 2021

March 2, 2021

Stabbings, gunshots a ‘2nd pandemic’ In Orange County, study says

Gunshot and knife wounds increased by over 20 percent during the COVID-19 pandemic in Southern California, according to a study from UC Irvine Researchers, while hospital treated trauma from traffic crashes, suicide, and known cases of domestic violence were down across the board. … The UCI study is the first large-scale analysis of the stay-at-home orders on trauma treatment …. “One potential explanation for this increase in penetrating trauma is a rise in economic and psychological pressures experienced during the pandemic,” Nahmias said, acknowledging that the state’s unemployment rate rose to 16% during 2020.