New York City Saw 24,172 More Deaths Than Normal During Outbreak
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New York City had four times the number of deaths as expected during its Covid-19 outbreak, according to a new study, including thousands of excess deaths that may not be attributed directly to the virus but to its effect on the health-care system, city services and other factors.
From March 11 to May 2, there were a total of 32,107 deaths, 24,172 more that the city would have expected in that time based on past trends, according to a report from New York’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene that was published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While Covid-19 was explicitly tied to 18,879 of the excess deaths through confirmed or probable cases, there were 5,293 excess deaths that may have come from other causes.
Excess deaths are a way of counting mortality that tries to capture not only victims of the virus, but also negative and positive side effects like people who died of a heart attack because they didn’t get to a hospital in time, or fewer people who died in auto accidents because of diminished road traffic.
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