Someone posted a shower thought on Reddit and it got me wondering: https://www.reddit.com/r/Showerthoughts/comments/9ggbpc/with_17_deaths_in_a_population_of_more_than_525/
I did a bit of research and found that traffic accidents, regular accidents, and suicides are among the top 5 causes of death in the U.S., which are all likely reduced during this time in NC and SC.
This is not intended to be an insensitive post, just a curious thought. Of course this statement doesn't take into account the homes lost, quality of life impacted, etc. Additionally, the victim count will likely rise significantly once the waters recede. It's hard to tell how many people have lost their lives in their homes from drowning or medical conditions.
EDIT: Hurricane Florence has affected more than 10 million, not only 5.25 million.
The person claims that deaths due to car and traffic accidents (which are one of the leading causes of death in the US) are likely reduced during this time due to people staying indoors because of the hurricane. Also that there were less than 20 deaths caused directly by the hurricane.
However, it stands to reason that beside the deaths directly caused by the hurricane, there will be an increased number of suicides and stress-related deaths in the near future?
Does this speculation make sense? Is it possible that the hurricane reduced the average number of deaths per day for a short period of time in the affected areas?