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UCI study shows upswing in gunshot and knife wounds during pandemic

KFI (City News Service), March 2, 2021

March 2, 2021

UCI study shows upswing in gunshot and knife wounds during pandemic

UC Irvine researchers led a study that shows that gunshot and knife wounds increased during the COVID-19 pandemic in Southern California, but injuries from traffic crashes were down. … “Our analysis identified a 21% increase in rates of penetrating trauma and a 24% increase in rates of gunshot wounds, but no significant increase in rates of suicide attempts or domestic violence that required trauma or critical care in the period after California’s stay-at-home order was issued in March 2020,” said UCI Dr. Jeffry Nahmias.