POST-COVID SUICIDE: FORENSIC SCIENCE ANALYSIS

Wiad Lek. 2022;75(8 pt 2):2031-2035. doi: 10.36740/WLek202208216.

Abstract

Objective: The aim: The article draws attention to the raise of suicide incidents after COVID-19 and proposes special knowledge to use in some forensic examinations for patients with COVID-19 and after as a measure of suicide preventing.

Patients and methods: Materials and methods: Scientific researches and comparative analyzes of criminal cases marked as a suicide were done based on statistics method. 415 suicide cases were fixed in Ukraine in 2020, and other persons' influence for suicide committing was revealed only in 61cases. In 2021, the tendency has increased, and only during the first four months (from January till April) there were 213 suicide cases.

Conclusion: Conclusions: There are so many cases of suicide after COVID-19 caused by mental and neurological disorders due to the coronavirus effects on human brain and psyche, not only at hospitals but at home as well. The virus can disrupt nervous system work both directly and indirectly, activating the immune system excessively (the so-called cytokine storm). Complex forensic medical and psychological examination may be appointed to determine the mental state of persons after COVID-19. There are two ways to solve the problem with the help of special knowledge and forensic science. On the one hand, investigate person's predisposition for suicide after covid to prevent a suicide. On the other hand, if you had failed and the person committed a suicide use the information received to prevent other persons' suicides.

Keywords: SARS-CoV-2; forensic examination; forensic expert; post-COVID state; special knowledge.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • Criminals*
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Humans
  • Suicide* / psychology
  • Ukraine / epidemiology