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U.S. deaths soared in early weeks of pandemic, far exceeding number attributed to covid-19

Washington Post article by Emma Brown, Andrew Ba Tran, Beth Reinhard and Monica Ulmanu, posted April 27, 2020 at 11:11 AM

How well are we doing at counting COVID-19 deaths? Studies in Europe have focused not on official mortality statistics which we believe are undercounting, but rather at tracking excess deaths above average seasonal trends. Here is one of the first attempts to do this in the U.S. based on a collaboration between Epidemiologists at Yale and the Washington Post. Similar to Spain, this study suggests there may be twice as many deaths than official counts indicate.

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