This study from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, finds that the social isolation brought on by stay-at-home orders (SAHO) issued during the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an increase in intentional penetrating injuries, especially from firearms, and the injuries remain at high levels today.
As of October 19, Philadelphia has experienced 386 homicides, a 39% increase over the same time last year.
Analysis of emergency department (ED) visits before SAHO and after SAHO finds:
The researchers concluded that unprecedented social isolation policies in response to COVID-19 were associated with increased intentional injury, especially gun violence, while nonintentional injury visits to the ED decreased. Public health measures should embrace intentional injury prevention and management strategies, they say.Read More >>