Death Increases Around Christmas, But Not Due to the Harsh Weathers

Deaths increase exponentially right around the Christmas holidays in the United States, thus earning the term of the Christmas effect.

According to researchers into this matter from New Zealand, they say the cold weather is not the primary or let alone a reason for these increased deaths.

The researchers have stated that they found the same effect in deaths applying as well in locations that are still summer right on Christmas Day.

Josh Knight, from the University of Auckland and colleagues has been examining and thoroughly analyzing all recorded deaths from the years of 1988 till 2013.

What Was Found?

Mr. Knight said that the Christmas Effect had been in tune as well with those who died due to cardiac problems, with an increase in the deaths that went up by 4.2 percent per annum.

Multiple reasons for all these deaths to increase right around the holidays have been reported. Some high probabilities included changing your environment, the worries mixed with anxiety and stress right before it, the gradual changes of one’s own eating habits and alcohol intake, along with also there being far less medical employees to be available, as they as well are on holidays.

The U.S. Shares Similar Symptoms

A study also went into the increased deaths in the United States in which it was revealed that an additional 5 percent of deaths increase during the holidays.

However the studies into this matter have also noted that regarding the deaths in the United States, it just happens to be the lowest in temperatures throughout the entire year, so mortalities increase due to cases of influenza and from the excessively harsh cold.

Unlike in New Zealand, where the weather is more of a summer season during Christmas time.

The top two reasons that have been suggested though for increased mortalities are the postponed medical assistance and for those who are already dying yet try their best to give it a little longer until at least the holidays have passed.


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