a new study Health care visits for gunshot injuries increased sharply during the pandemic last year.
why it matters: New data from electronic health records helps confirm media reports and suggest preliminary data Increase in gun violence in many cities.
By numbers: According to Data compiled by Epic Health Research Network, firearm injuries resulting in a documented health care visit that began in late 2020 and increased in October by 73% from the monthly average in 2018 and 2019.
- After dipping in late fall and early winter last year – while still well above the pre-pandemic average – documented firearm injury rates rose again in the spring, 64% higher than 2019 levels in June 2021 Is.
- people of color Were particularly vulnerable – firearm injury visits increased 76% for Hispanic patients and 89% for black patients, compared with a 40% increase for whites.
Between the lines: The initial surge coincided with early summer protests over police violence and a massive increase in gun purchases.
Background: EHRN began tracking firearm injuries at the request of the Chicago Heal Initiative, a group of health care systems dedicated to preventing violence in vulnerable areas of Chicago.