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How Many People Has the Coronavirus Killed?
Giuliana Viglione | Nature - TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Sep 2020

1 Sep 2020 – Researchers, journalists and politicians turned to calculations of excess deaths. Rather than getting bogged down by cause, the metric compares all deaths in a given week or month with the deaths that statisticians predict would have happened in the absence of the pandemic, usually as an average over the previous five years. It can be challenging to differentiate between people who died of COVID-19 and those who were infected but died from unrelated causes. “That’s going to be a very critical piece of all this. If you have two concurrent conditions, what does it get classified as?”

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