New Study Estimates More Than 900,000 People Have Died Of COVID-19 In U.S.

NPR (05/06/2021)
  • University of Washington researchers estimate that over 900,000 people have died from Covid in the US, 57% higher than official records.
  • The analysis involved examining excess deaths from March (2020) to May (2021), comparing deaths in non-pandemic years.
  • The figure doesn’t account for excess deaths indirectly attributable to the pandemic (eg increase in drug overdoses, delayed healthcare) which were largely offset by fewer deaths elsewhere (eg lower flu, injury deaths).
  • However, many experts disagree that all net excess deaths are attributable to Covid.