The Covid-19 death toll is worse than it appears

The number of deaths recorded from the Covid-19 pandemic as of Thursday has reached nearly 2 million. The real run is much worse.

More than 2.8 million people have lost their lives to the pandemic, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of data from 59 countries and jurisdictions. This statistic provides a comprehensive yet comprehensive view of the global impact of the epidemic. Deaths in these places increased last year by more than 12% above average.

Less than two-thirds of this increase is directly attributable to Covid-19. Public health experts believe that many, if not most, of the additional deaths were directly related to the disease, especially early in the epidemic when testing was scarce. Some of those The excess deaths came from the spillover, From health care disorders, people avoid hospitalization and other issues.

To better understand the global toll of the pandemic, the journal collected the most recent available data on deaths from all causes from countries with available records. Together, these countries account for nearly a quarter of the world’s population, but about three-quarters of all reported deaths from Covid-19 as of late last year.

The toll found more than 821,000 additional deaths that were not counted in the government’s official Covid-19 death toll.

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