What is the true COVID-19 death rate in Pa.? New analysis sheds light
What is the true COVID-19 death rate in Pa.?  New analysis sheds light

What is the true COVID-19 death rate in Pa.? New analysis sheds light

For many reasons, it is difficult to know the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some deaths may have been innumerable for reasons such as that the person died in the home and was never tested. A person may have died from an existing disease that has been exacerbated by COVID-19. Or a person may have died from a more indirect result of the pandemic, such as disruption in drug treatment that led to overdose.

Researchers have a method to better understand the full impact of events such as pandemics. They calculate “excess deaths” – the number of deaths in a given year in addition to the predicted number based on previous history.

A new analysis concluded that Pennsylvania saw 19,776 excess deaths in 2020, the first year of the pandemic, and 18,880 in 2021.

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