Saturday, May 23, 2020
Coronavirus has taken a major toll on the US, and we likely don't yet know the full extent of its damage. At Surgo Foundation, we've been concerned that the severity of the epidemic is being obscured by a massive underreporting of "excess deaths" -- or the number of deaths above the average recorded for the same period in previous years. Our data suggest that we may be especially undercounting COVID-19 deaths in Southern parts of the US. In more than 200 of the counties we examined, excess death rates were between two times to 30 times higher than reported COVID-19 death rates.
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