If you survived Christmas, watch out for New Year’s. Research shows that this is the deadliest time of the year.
The health crisis to stay wary of on New Year’s? Everything. In the U.S., every cause of death spikes on Christmas and New Year’s. You may be tempted to stay in bed for New Year’s, but a study of deaths at this time of year shows that not even hiding under the covers will help you survive.
“We found that every major cause of death shows a Christmas spike and a New Year’s spike even after you correct for seasonal fluctuations in mortality,” researcher David Phillips told Sarah Jane Tribble of ideastream.
The study shows that deaths from virtually every significant disease peaks on Christmas and New Year’s. The only exception is cancer: Cancer deaths show a slight drop.
One contributing factor may be a tendency not to go seek medical help during holidays.
Phillips tells Tribble: “The patient may be feeling symptoms and may then say, well, I’m going to take care of this after the holiday because I have all my holiday plans and my relatives who are visiting. I’m not going to go in now, I’ll go in after the holiday.”
Another confounding factor is the lack of competent medical help during the holidays. Much of a hospital’s staff is probably home with their families.
Phillips warns: “If you’re feeling symptoms, don’t wait until after the holidays. Go in now.”
Unfortunately, now that we’re in the week between Christmas and New Year’s, your life is already in danger.