Rise in gun violence during pandemic adds strain to overburdened hospitals

Between March 2020 and February 2021, there were about 62,500 firearm-related incidents in the US — 15% higher than expected based on previous trends, according to a study published Thursday. These incidents resulted in more than 10,000 excess non-fatal injuries and about 4,400 excess deaths. Early in the pandemic, as hospitals filled to capacity and…