Coronavirus Outbreak: Self Isolation Likely To Cause Rise In Divorce Rate

Registrar offices of China have reported spike in divorce rate across the country. Reason? Couples are spending too much time together at home during coronavirus self-isolation. Hence, they tend to get into heated arguments over petty issues.

Over 300 couples have scheduled appointments to get a divorce since February 24, said Lu Shijun, the manager of a marriage registry in Dazhou, Sichuan Province of south-western China.

‘Young people are spending a lot of time at home. They tend to get into heated arguments because of something petty and rush into getting a divorce,’ Mr Lu explained.

Marriage registration offices in Xi’an of Shaanxi Province in north-western China have also seen an unprecedented rise of divorce appointments since re-opening on March 1, according to reports.

There is another report from the UK. According to a report, a cheating husband contracted the coronavirus on a secret trip to Italy with his mistress.

The unnamed patient, in his late 30s, told his wife he was away on a business trip within the UK, the Sun reported.

When the man returned home, he began showing symptoms of the deadly bug, and tests confirmed that he was in fact infected, according to the report.

Often when couples face serious and stressful situations it can lead some to re-evaluate their lives and what is important to them.

self-isolation could bring “simmering tensions” to the surface. “For some, the prospect of being quarantined with their partner will be a welcome opportunity to spend time together, yet for others, it may force simmering tensions in their relationship to rise to the surface,”

According to The Global Times, American couples could soon break up because of the coronavirus outbreak due to self-isolation and lockdowns without taking steps to solidify their relationship.

According to it, the surge in divorce appointments was the result of the pandemic causing couples to be “bound with each other at home for over a month” and it created conflict and the desire for impulsive divorces.

“Quarantine is stressful—a review of the evidence published in The Lancet indicates that quarantine can have negative psychological effects including anger, confusion and in some cases, post-traumatic stress symptoms,” says David Cates, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and director of behavioral health at the University of Nebraska Medical Cente.

“Factors that increase the stress of quarantine include a longer quarantine duration, fear of infection, boredom, inadequate supplies, inadequate information and financial loss,” Cates said.

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