Authors Christopher M. Whaley, Jonathan Cantor and Megan Pera revealed that those who celebrated household birthdays had 8.6 times higher rates of COVID-19 infections compared to those without a birthday celebration.
This resulted in a 31% increase in infection rates in contrast to those not celebrating birthdays.
The study also looked at whether higher infection rates were more prevalent in celebrations of children’s birthdays or those of adults. Their research showed that after a child’s birthday, some 15.8 out of 10,000 people would be infected with COVID-19.In contrast, only about a third of that amount (5.8 of 10,000) would become infected celebrating an adult’s birthday.
To account for the delay of COVID-19 diagnoses following these birthdays, the researchers observed infection rates for the two-week period after the celebrations, rather than immediately afterward.
In addition, since different geographic regions have vastly different infection rates, as well as months in 2020, the study used deciles from USAFacts data to insure consistency of the data.
Other variables that were studied included the day of the week, whether it was a milestone birthday (such as the 50th) and areas that voted heavily for Trump in 2016. No correlation was found between COVID-19 infection rates and these factors.
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