People did die of Covid-19 in Ireland in August

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A viral post compares the number of deaths from cancer, suicide, alcohol and Covid-19 in Ireland, but it gets a lot wrong.
People did die of Covid-19 in Ireland in August

It's too soon to know this figure as only a coroner can officially rule a death as a suicide, but this figure is realistic looking at past data.

We could find no source for this figure. A 2013 average of 88 alcohol-related deaths a month in Ireland includes a number of different factors, such as the coroner mentioning alcohol dependency, certain alcohol-related diseases, and if they were an alcoholic.

We don't know these figures yet as it is too soon after the fact. The figure for cancer seems realistic from past trends, as there were around 830 deaths caused by cancer in Ireland per month in Q1 of 2020.

A post on Facebook comparing the number of deaths caused by Covid-19, cancer, alcohol and suicide in Ireland in August has been shared over 2,000 times. The post gets a lot wrong, mainly that no-one died of Covid-19 in that time, when 14 people did.

People did die of Covid-19 in Ireland in August

The post claims that there were no Covid-19 deaths in August in Ireland. This is incorrect—there were 14 confirmed Covid-19 deaths in Ireland between 1 August and 31 August.

This includes deaths both in hospitals and community settings. Thejournal.ie have written more about how deaths are counted in Ireland here.

We don't know a lot of these figures for…
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