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January 1 is the deadliest day of the year, it’s official. While it has long been documented there are more deaths in the winter and fewer in the summer, it was only a few years ago it was discovered that New Year’s day is actually the day with the most deaths of all.A sociology professor at the University of California at San Diego, David Phillips, pored over 57 million US death certificates between 1979 and 2004. In fact, January usually reigns supreme as the month for deaths, as shown by CDC data for fatalities from all causes. The really interesting thing about this data, is that New Year’s Day doesn’t take the top spot simply due to accidents. The deaths are generally attributed to illness, disease and natural causes rather than accidents and homicides. Phillips suggested that the reasons behind this may be because “people postpone going into the ER around the holidays because they want to be with their family”, or that hospitals may be understaffed around holidays as more experience workers take time off.

Numerals To Be Used In New York City's New Year's Eve Celebration Arrive In Times Square

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 15: The numerals “1” and “6,” to be used to spell out “2-0-1-6” during the Times Square New Years Eve celebration, are unveiled in Times Square on December 15, 2015 in New York City. The “2-0-1-6” are powered by 516 L.E.D. bulbs. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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