Study: Some May Seek to Die by Suicide from COVID-19

Novel CElectron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, isolated from a patient. Source: Original image sourced from US Government department: The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Under US law this image is copyright free Death by suicide is estimated to occur every 11 minutes in the U.S, yet a new form of self-harm might be emerging; seeking to catch COVID-19 on purpose, in order to secure death through this potentially suicidal act. This is the startling conclusion of a new study, yet to be published, entitled ‘Preliminary Investigation of the Association Between COVID-19 and Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in the U.S.’ This survey found that a portion of individuals in the U.S. may be intentionally exposing themselves to the virus, with intent to kill themselves. The authors of the study, Brooke Ammerman, Ross Jacobucci, and Kenneth McClure from the University of Notre Dame, and Taylor Burke of Brown University, point out in their paper that before the pandemic, it was recognised that suicidal people may attempt to contract diseases, for example HIV, as a method of dying. The authors claim that theirs is the first study to examine the link between COVID-19 and suicidal thoughts and behaviors, as well… Read full this story

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