“The fear of the suicide wave is triggered by a study in China – 1,210 people from 194 cities, responded to questions from psychologists online in the lockdown there. More than half of the respondents reported significant impairments. One in six met the criteria for depression. One in three described moderate and severe anxiety symptoms. Another Chinese study says that since the pandemic, schizophrenia cases in clinics have also increased.
Michael Tsokos, Berlin’s forensic physician, has read the online study. He is also familiar with the assessment of suicide researchers from the US state of Kansas, who call what is brewing from frightening news and a forced break-up with human contacts “the perfect storm” for suicides. Now he suddenly finds traces of the pandemic himself: after the man on his fallow land, there were seven more dead on Tsokos’ table, who, according to investigative files of the police mentioned Sars-CoV-2. He is alarmed. In a paper for a criminology journal, he warns that “a timely increase in suicides can be assumed” and he invents a new word, “corona suicide.”
The next headline comes from Australia. At the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sidney, the researchers have put all the fears and calculations into a mathematical model. They calculate 1,500 additional suicides due to the lockdown and other circumstances of the pandemic for their country, 50 percent more than usual. In Germany, where, according to the Federal Statistical Office, about 10,000 people take their lives every year, 5,000 additional deaths would have to be mourned here.
Is that so? Does the virus now kill through the detour through the soul?