A Winter in Excess

How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect excess winter mortality?

Statistics offices often compare deaths in winter months, against those in other months.

This article looks at the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on excess winter deaths. Those impacts highlight problems in using this measure as a proxy for deaths due to cold weather.

Excess winter deaths

Excess winter deaths are a constructed statistical measure. The calculation counts deaths in December to March —…



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Anthony B. Masters

This blog looks at the use of statistics in Britain and beyond. It is written by RSS Statistical Ambassador and Chartered Statistician @anthonybmasters.