This post comparing deaths in August is a guess

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We don't yet have data on the number of deaths from suicide in August 2020.
This post comparing deaths in August is a guess

There is no data on the number of deaths from suicide in August this year, as the cause of death needs to be confirmed by an inquest. The monthly average from 2018, the most recent year we have data for, was slightly higher than the number of Covid deaths in August 2020.

A screenshot on Facebook comparing deaths from Covid-19 and from suicide has been shared nearly 40,000 times. The image comes from a post on Twitter from 9 September, which has also been very widely shared. The post claims that "more people died of suicide than covid in August". This might be true or false, but it is certainly misleading, because we do not yet know how many…
Leo Benedictus
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