Excess natural-cause mortality in US counties and its association with reported COVID-19 deaths

The study titled “Excess Natural-Cause Mortality in US Counties and Its Association with Reported COVID-19 Deaths,” conducted by Paglino et al., 2024, offers a comprehensive analysis of the disparities between reported COVID-19 deaths and excess deaths due to natural causes in the United States during the first 30 months of the COVID-19 pandemic (March 2020 through August 2022). This detailed examination sheds light on the magnitude of the pandemic’s impact, highlighting significant underreporting of COVID-19 deaths and its implications. Study Overview Utilizing a Bayesian hierarchical model, the research team estimated monthly excess natural-cause mortality rates across all U.S. counties. The…