The COVID death rate rises over the weekend. Is COVID worse this weekend?
The COVID death rate rises over the weekend.  Is COVID worse this weekend?

The COVID death rate rises over the weekend. Is COVID worse this weekend?

COVID-19 hospital death rates rise over the weekend, a new research paper has found.

Details: Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of global deaths from COVID-19 was 6% higher on weekends compared to weekdays, according to a research paper which will be presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases.

By the numbers: Researchers found there were an average of 449 more deaths from COVID-19 over the weekend compared to weekdays.

  • An average of 8,532 people died from COVID-19 over the weekend.
  • Meanwhile, an average of 8,083 people died during the weekdays.
  • The United States had the highest change (average of 1,483 weekend COVID-19 deaths against 1,220 working days COVID-19 deaths), per. Reuters.

The reason: That’s what the researchers told Reuters that the increase may be due to “reporting delays, but it is also likely due to hospital staffing and other organizational factors.”

But: There are some potential errors with the data. It does not take into account false-negative results, missed COVID-19 cases and other data entry errors, per. Medical Xpress.


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