Scientists have figured out what day of the week, most often occur suicide

© REUTERS / Jessica RinaldiПациент in a hospital in HoustonScientists have figured out what day of the week, most often occur suicide© REUTERS / Jessica Rinaldi

. United States citizens often get into accidents and die on Saturday and Sunday, and decide to commit suicide on Monday and Tuesday, as indicated by statistics published by the Centers for control and prevention (CDC).

The centers for control and prevention (CDC), the American equivalent of the Ministry of health of Russia, constantly collects and publishes statistics on the causes of deaths and their frequency in the journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). These data help scientists understand what factors affect the rate of mortality and how they can be addressed.

For example, last year British scientists analyzed the frequency of deaths in intensive care units in different days of the week and came to the conclusion that people are most likely to die on Mondays and Fridays, and not this weekend as previously thought. Such discoveries, as I hope their authors, help politicians and officials to change the health system so that it helped to save the lives of maximum number of people.

Today CDC published a rather unusual statistic – the number of deaths in the US related suicides, premeditated murders and accidents. These data overall indicate that suicides take more lives than road accidents or murders, and accidents kill approximately two times more Americans than do the people themselves.

On average, over the past two years every day from suicide, died, 121, 103 Americans were victims of cars, and 49 of their fellow citizens were killed by other people. The number of deaths from these three causes in different days of the week, as scholars have noted, was very different.

For example, traffic accidents often kill people on the weekends – Saturday and Sunday the number of victims of road accidents is higher than the number of suicides. The least likely cars to take lives on Monday, and the number of their victims increases smoothly as it moves to weekends.

Among suicides, the exact opposite pattern – their peak on Monday, and the minimum number of suicides is typical for the weekend. The number of «ordinary» murders, in turn, remains practically constant throughout the week, with the exception of small bursts on weekends. Both are likely caused by some social factors, which doctors have yet to reveal.

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