No, Excess Deaths in 2017 Were Not Worse than 2020.

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A press release from the University of Pennsylvania demands your attention: “In the U.S., COVID-19 wasn’t sole cause of excess deaths in 2020.”

The first sentence reads, “By the year 2017, the United States was already suffering more excess deaths and more life years lost each year than those associated with the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.”

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S. Michael Gaddis

S. Michael Gaddis

UCLA professor. Peeking into the interesting parts of the social world through data.

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