The “Sickest” Days Of 2020: They Days Where The Most People Called In Sick

By Kathy Morris - Jan. 11, 2021

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Feeling sick? Maybe just a bit hungover or want to eke out a little bit more of the weekend? Shoot, maybe you are just one of the legions of American workers who are just plain exhausted from the real world.

Between politics and a global pandemic, who doesn’t need a day off from paperwork to do anything else? That’s right everyone! However, these sick days aren’t as random as they might feel.

It turns out across the country, when you’re “sick,” so is everyone else. For the second year in a row, we analyzed our website traffic to find the days when the most people are playing hooky.

The results? Days around holidays still have people fake coughing, but so do some other unexpected days.

Most Interesting Findings

  • Don’t believe politics are impacting the workplace? We saw the largest surge of interest in calling in sick on the 26th of January, a staggering 740% increase. To top it off, this was on a Sunday, not a usual day people are looking to call in. The only reason we can think of? The Impeachment trials
  • While we can’t say whether people were watching them or just exhausted, it’s certainly different than 2019 when the “sickest” day was the day after Christmas.
  • Monday is the sickest day of the week- with 19% of our visitors trying to get out of the first day of the week.
  • 4 plain old ordinary Mondays had a huge surge of people calling in sick.
  • One trio of months (August, September, and October) saw more traffic than other months. Fall fever?
  • It was a very antsy January, with three days making the top 10.
  • Friday is the week day with the least fake coughing.
  • 5 of the top 10 sickest days were holiday related

Sickest Days Of 2020

  1. 1/26/2020 – Trump’s Impeachment Trial
  2. 1/20/2020 – MLK Day
  3. 12/26/2020 – Day After Christmas
  4. 4/13/2020 – Day After Easter
  5. 3/9/2020 – Monday
  6. 1/2/2020 – Day After New Year’s Day
  7. 4/6/2020 – Monday
  8. 3/2/2020 – Monday Before Super Tuesday
  9. 1/13/2020 – Monday
  10. 10/5/2020 – Monday

We Determined The Days People Are Most Likely To Call In Sick

For this data, we turned to our own website traffic. We analyzed traffic patterns and visitors to our article on Tips For Calling In Sick- Even When You’re Not. We looked at all website visits for 2020.

While we can’t guarantee everyone searching how to call in sick will do it, or that they’re not planning ahead, it seems a pretty safe bet they’re actively trying to get out of work. In particular, with the high tide of traffic that comes in the early AM hours.

Since traffic fluctuations can make daily visitors alone an unreliable method for comparison, we measured traffic changes day over day to identify days where interest in calling in sick surged. The higher the day over day traffic increase, the more people calling in sick.

There Are Worse Things Than Calling In Sick In The Middle Of A Pandemic

While holidays remained a popular choice for calling in sick, so too did ordinary Mondays and other stressful occasions. If there was ever a year that called for some mental health days, it was 2020. This isn’t even considering the fact that you might have been a little more inclined to call in sick with minor symptoms such as a sore throat you might have ignored prior.

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So don’t feel too bad if you yourself called in to help your kid with virtual school or scream incoherently into your pillow.

However, if everyday makes you want to play hooky, it might be time to find a job that makes you feel a little less sick.

The Sickest Days Of 2020

Day Comparative Traffic Day Of The Week
1/1/2020 91.4% Wednesday
1/2/2020 203.4% Thursday
1/3/2020 95.8% Friday
1/4/2020 57.5% Saturday
1/5/2020 112.2% Sunday
1/6/2020 174.8% Monday
1/7/2020 85.2% Tuesday
1/8/2020 85.4% Wednesday
1/9/2020 100.5% Thursday
1/10/2020 97.3% Friday
1/11/2020 58.5% Saturday
1/12/2020 131.8% Sunday
1/13/2020 192.2% Monday
1/14/2020 87.8% Tuesday
1/15/2020 89.9% Wednesday
1/16/2020 106.1% Thursday
1/17/2020 87.2% Friday
1/18/2020 65.7% Saturday
1/19/2020 131.5% Sunday
1/20/2020 263.7% Monday
1/21/2020 101.1% Tuesday
1/22/2020 81.6% Wednesday
1/23/2020 86.6% Thursday
1/24/2020 84.2% Friday
1/25/2020 67.9% Saturday
1/26/2020 740.2% Sunday
1/27/2020 88.3% Monday
1/28/2020 43.9% Tuesday
1/29/2020 66.5% Wednesday
1/30/2020 98.0% Thursday
1/31/2020 86.6% Friday
2/1/2020 60.4% Saturday
2/2/2020 141.7% Sunday
2/3/2020 158.8% Monday
2/4/2020 83.2% Tuesday
2/5/2020 92.3% Wednesday
2/6/2020 91.3% Thursday
2/7/2020 88.0% Friday
2/8/2020 54.0% Saturday
2/9/2020 136.3% Sunday
2/10/2020 156.5% Monday
2/11/2020 90.3% Tuesday
2/12/2020 93.1% Wednesday
2/13/2020 88.4% Thursday
2/14/2020 100.0% Friday
2/15/2020 61.7% Saturday
2/16/2020 134.1% Sunday
2/17/2020 155.4% Monday
2/18/2020 80.4% Tuesday
2/19/2020 99.5% Wednesday
2/20/2020 105.0% Thursday
2/21/2020 90.5% Friday
2/22/2020 63.6% Saturday
2/23/2020 128.6% Sunday
2/24/2020 162.6% Monday
2/25/2020 88.5% Tuesday
2/26/2020 90.7% Wednesday
2/27/2020 104.5% Thursday
2/28/2020 77.3% Friday
2/29/2020 75.0% Saturday
3/1/2020 118.5% Sunday
3/2/2020 195.6% Monday
3/3/2020 79.2% Tuesday
3/4/2020 76.2% Wednesday
3/5/2020 126.5% Thursday
3/6/2020 91.6% Friday
3/7/2020 43.4% Saturday
3/8/2020 131.6% Sunday
3/9/2020 206.4% Monday
3/10/2020 81.0% Tuesday
3/11/2020 76.1% Wednesday
3/12/2020 123.9% Thursday
3/13/2020 88.3% Friday
3/14/2020 46.0% Saturday
3/15/2020 173.8% Sunday
3/16/2020 133.8% Monday
3/17/2020 107.5% Tuesday
3/18/2020 79.5% Wednesday
3/19/2020 108.2% Thursday
3/20/2020 80.8% Friday
3/21/2020 51.1% Saturday
3/22/2020 164.8% Sunday
3/23/2020 123.9% Monday
3/24/2020 82.8% Tuesday
3/25/2020 107.5% Wednesday
3/26/2020 105.4% Thursday
3/27/2020 70.6% Friday
3/28/2020 67.7% Saturday
3/29/2020 135.4% Sunday
3/30/2020 175.0% Monday
3/31/2020 89.0% Tuesday
4/1/2020 110.9% Wednesday
4/2/2020 82.9% Thursday
4/3/2020 88.9% Friday
4/4/2020 69.6% Saturday
4/5/2020 128.2% Sunday
4/6/2020 199.0% Monday
4/7/2020 55.3% Tuesday
4/8/2020 151.8% Wednesday
4/9/2020 84.4% Thursday
4/10/2020 99.3% Friday
4/11/2020 67.1% Saturday
4/12/2020 116.0% Sunday
4/13/2020 214.7% Monday
4/14/2020 75.2% Tuesday
4/15/2020 104.5% Wednesday
4/16/2020 125.0% Thursday
4/17/2020 70.9% Friday
4/18/2020 69.9% Saturday
4/19/2020 112.3% Sunday
4/20/2020 171.9% Monday
4/21/2020 82.3% Tuesday
4/22/2020 104.4% Wednesday
4/23/2020 79.9% Thursday
4/24/2020 110.6% Friday
4/25/2020 62.3% Saturday
4/26/2020 139.4% Sunday
4/27/2020 178.6% Monday
4/28/2020 87.6% Tuesday
4/29/2020 74.9% Wednesday
4/30/2020 110.6% Thursday
5/1/2020 109.0% Friday
5/2/2020 58.5% Saturday
5/3/2020 136.7% Sunday
5/4/2020 162.2% Monday
5/5/2020 64.7% Tuesday
5/6/2020 119.8% Wednesday
5/7/2020 93.2% Thursday
5/8/2020 91.1% Friday
5/9/2020 72.0% Saturday
5/10/2020 136.5% Sunday
5/11/2020 172.7% Monday
5/12/2020 81.5% Tuesday
5/13/2020 86.0% Wednesday
5/14/2020 113.9% Thursday
5/15/2020 90.7% Friday
5/16/2020 80.5% Saturday
5/17/2020 111.6% Sunday
5/18/2020 152.3% Monday
5/19/2020 82.7% Tuesday
5/20/2020 87.7% Wednesday
5/21/2020 123.9% Thursday
5/22/2020 87.9% Friday
5/23/2020 72.8% Saturday
5/24/2020 132.5% Sunday
5/25/2020 90.2% Monday
5/26/2020 144.1% Tuesday
5/27/2020 92.1% Wednesday
5/28/2020 96.6% Thursday
5/29/2020 95.0% Friday
5/30/2020 73.2% Saturday
5/31/2020 121.7% Sunday
6/1/2020 170.8% Monday
6/2/2020 86.4% Tuesday
6/3/2020 92.9% Wednesday
6/4/2020 130.7% Thursday
6/5/2020 102.3% Friday
6/6/2020 57.9% Saturday
6/7/2020 135.3% Sunday
6/8/2020 150.0% Monday
6/9/2020 84.9% Tuesday
6/10/2020 89.5% Wednesday
6/11/2020 105.6% Thursday
6/12/2020 92.6% Friday
6/13/2020 79.1% Saturday
6/14/2020 114.4% Sunday
6/15/2020 176.3% Monday
6/16/2020 70.7% Tuesday
6/17/2020 99.5% Wednesday
6/18/2020 113.5% Thursday
6/19/2020 100.2% Friday
6/20/2020 81.4% Saturday
6/21/2020 108.2% Sunday
6/22/2020 156.1% Monday
6/23/2020 68.5% Tuesday
6/24/2020 97.4% Wednesday
6/25/2020 120.5% Thursday
6/26/2020 84.0% Friday
6/27/2020 69.4% Saturday
6/28/2020 116.0% Sunday
6/29/2020 158.4% Monday
6/30/2020 78.3% Tuesday
7/1/2020 93.7% Wednesday
7/2/2020 109.3% Thursday
7/3/2020 81.1% Friday
7/4/2020 85.2% Saturday
7/5/2020 126.6% Sunday
7/6/2020 151.8% Monday
7/7/2020 86.1% Tuesday
7/8/2020 99.8% Wednesday
7/9/2020 93.8% Thursday
7/10/2020 93.2% Friday
7/11/2020 72.8% Saturday
7/12/2020 118.8% Sunday
7/13/2020 161.2% Monday
7/14/2020 80.2% Tuesday
7/15/2020 101.5% Wednesday
7/16/2020 105.6% Thursday
7/17/2020 85.0% Friday
7/18/2020 80.3% Saturday
7/19/2020 134.1% Sunday
7/20/2020 158.4% Monday
7/21/2020 71.4% Tuesday
7/22/2020 93.5% Wednesday
7/23/2020 110.8% Thursday
7/24/2020 98.3% Friday
7/25/2020 69.7% Saturday
7/26/2020 127.9% Sunday
7/27/2020 147.2% Monday
7/28/2020 72.1% Tuesday
7/29/2020 100.0% Wednesday
7/30/2020 115.0% Thursday
7/31/2020 91.4% Friday
8/1/2020 77.1% Saturday
8/2/2020 111.2% Sunday
8/3/2020 149.8% Monday
8/4/2020 84.6% Tuesday
8/5/2020 95.5% Wednesday
8/6/2020 99.3% Thursday
8/7/2020 96.0% Friday
8/8/2020 68.1% Saturday
8/9/2020 127.1% Sunday
8/10/2020 177.1% Monday
8/11/2020 71.2% Tuesday
8/12/2020 100.3% Wednesday
8/13/2020 96.0% Thursday
8/14/2020 98.0% Friday
8/15/2020 77.9% Saturday
8/16/2020 122.5% Sunday
8/17/2020 146.2% Monday
8/18/2020 78.8% Tuesday
8/19/2020 99.5% Wednesday
8/20/2020 108.4% Thursday
8/21/2020 78.2% Friday
8/22/2020 79.1% Saturday
8/23/2020 115.3% Sunday
8/24/2020 150.8% Monday
8/25/2020 84.5% Tuesday
8/26/2020 94.9% Wednesday
8/27/2020 111.5% Thursday
8/28/2020 95.8% Friday
8/29/2020 72.5% Saturday
8/30/2020 117.4% Sunday
8/31/2020 126.7% Monday
9/1/2020 91.3% Tuesday
9/2/2020 91.3% Wednesday
9/3/2020 103.4% Thursday
9/4/2020 102.0% Friday
9/5/2020 77.0% Saturday
9/6/2020 109.5% Sunday
9/7/2020 98.1% Monday
9/8/2020 149.9% Tuesday
9/9/2020 86.4% Wednesday
9/10/2020 97.3% Thursday
9/11/2020 100.7% Friday
9/12/2020 76.4% Saturday
9/13/2020 112.6% Sunday
9/14/2020 148.4% Monday
9/15/2020 77.3% Tuesday
9/16/2020 100.9% Wednesday
9/17/2020 114.3% Thursday
9/18/2020 88.4% Friday
9/19/2020 69.4% Saturday
9/20/2020 140.5% Sunday
9/21/2020 161.1% Monday
9/22/2020 72.3% Tuesday
9/23/2020 96.4% Wednesday
9/24/2020 102.3% Thursday
9/25/2020 88.1% Friday
9/26/2020 72.6% Saturday
9/27/2020 125.8% Sunday
9/28/2020 167.4% Monday
9/29/2020 76.6% Tuesday
9/30/2020 96.1% Wednesday
10/1/2020 93.8% Thursday
10/2/2020 76.9% Friday
10/3/2020 81.9% Saturday
10/4/2020 117.4% Sunday
10/5/2020 184.9% Monday
10/6/2020 75.0% Tuesday
10/7/2020 86.9% Wednesday
10/8/2020 115.8% Thursday
10/9/2020 88.9% Friday
10/10/2020 72.2% Saturday
10/11/2020 112.7% Sunday
10/12/2020 161.9% Monday
10/13/2020 79.8% Tuesday
10/14/2020 97.3% Wednesday
10/15/2020 110.3% Thursday
10/16/2020 81.3% Friday
10/17/2020 75.4% Saturday
10/18/2020 130.0% Sunday
10/19/2020 165.9% Monday
10/20/2020 64.5% Tuesday
10/21/2020 109.0% Wednesday
10/22/2020 97.1% Thursday
10/23/2020 104.5% Friday
10/24/2020 58.2% Saturday
10/25/2020 142.3% Sunday
10/26/2020 160.3% Monday
10/27/2020 71.7% Tuesday
10/28/2020 104.5% Wednesday
10/29/2020 95.3% Thursday
10/30/2020 92.3% Friday
10/31/2020 79.2% Saturday
11/1/2020 138.3% Sunday
11/2/2020 133.9% Monday
11/3/2020 63.5% Tuesday
11/4/2020 111.5% Wednesday
11/5/2020 102.0% Thursday
11/6/2020 89.5% Friday
11/7/2020 58.3% Saturday
11/8/2020 79.9% Sunday
11/9/2020 165.8% Monday
11/10/2020 77.1% Tuesday
11/11/2020 86.6% Wednesday
11/12/2020 107.7% Thursday
11/13/2020 78.5% Friday
11/14/2020 74.4% Saturday
11/15/2020 142.3% Sunday
11/16/2020 154.7% Monday
11/17/2020 87.2% Tuesday
11/18/2020 97.4% Wednesday
11/19/2020 96.7% Thursday
11/20/2020 89.8% Friday
11/21/2020 75.5% Saturday
11/22/2020 128.0% Sunday
11/23/2020 137.5% Monday
11/24/2020 79.0% Tuesday
11/25/2020 70.9% Wednesday
11/26/2020 67.5% Thursday
11/27/2020 157.1% Friday
11/28/2020 88.0% Saturday
11/29/2020 126.1% Sunday
11/30/2020 145.7% Monday
12/1/2020 96.2% Tuesday
12/2/2020 102.8% Wednesday
12/3/2020 86.8% Thursday
12/4/2020 105.5% Friday
12/5/2020 59.2% Saturday
12/6/2020 167.4% Sunday
12/7/2020 132.7% Monday
12/8/2020 84.6% Tuesday
12/9/2020 93.2% Wednesday
12/10/2020 117.4% Thursday
12/11/2020 73.9% Friday
12/12/2020 74.2% Saturday
12/13/2020 145.6% Sunday
12/14/2020 136.0% Monday
12/15/2020 85.4% Tuesday
12/16/2020 102.0% Wednesday
12/17/2020 95.5% Thursday
12/18/2020 97.3% Friday
12/19/2020 63.0% Saturday
12/20/2020 127.2% Sunday
12/21/2020 120.2% Monday
12/22/2020 91.1% Tuesday
12/23/2020 79.4% Wednesday
12/24/2020 52.2% Thursday
12/25/2020 69.7% Friday
12/26/2020 253.0% Saturday
12/27/2020 123.3% Sunday
12/28/2020 130.1% Monday
12/29/2020 83.7% Tuesday
12/30/2020 108.5% Wednesday
12/31/2020 52.9% Thursday

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Kathy is the head of content at Zippia with a knack for engaging audiences. Prior to joining Zippia, Kathy worked at Gateway Blend growing audiences across diverse brands. She graduated from Troy University with a degree in Social Science Education.

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