Been seeing a lot of reports of murder-suicides in your news feed lately? As it turns out, there may be a link between the number of these horrific crimes we are observing on a growing basis and the COVID-19 pandemic, which has further reaching implications beyond the dangers of the virus itself.
Dr. Mehmet Oz explored this possible connection, reflecting on the rise of terrifying tragedies on the rise during the pandemic, during a new episode of the Dr. Oz Show on Tuesday, February 2. In the segment, he spoke to Dr. Kris Mohandie, a clinical, police and forensic psychologist with over 25 years of experience in the assessment and management of violent behavior, who shared his expert theories on the subject.
Mohandie brought forward the possibility that people being forced to stay in close contact with each other as a result of quarantine practices could be a key factor in aggravating the rise of these aggressive crimes.
"I think what's happening is you have people that used to be able to go off to work, go out in the community to escape a bad situation at home," he explained. "And now with the stay-at-home orders and people being forced many times to remain in the place with their abuser, with the person they have a highly conflicted and dangerous history with, that now you have a compression of those intense abusive dynamics.”
Although there is a light at the end of the tunnel for the isolation factor of the pandemic with the current vaccine rollout, it's not entirely likely that stay-at-home practices are going to go away overnight. A new strain of the coronavirus is causing much discussion of late, attacking the United Kingdom and resulting in a lockdown in that region earlier in January. Experts have determined this highly transmissible variant has made its way to the USA, and has been detected in a full 20 states.