Achieving COVID-19 herd immunity through infection is dangerous, deadly and might not even work

Some have suggested the US allow healthy people to return to normal life, catch the coronavirus and get the population to herd immunity. The science says this plan is doomed to fail from the start.

Steven Albert, Professor and Chair of Behavioral and Community Health, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
yesterday ~10 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus donald-trump vaccines antibodies sars-cov-2 immunity herd-immunity viruses sweden antibody-testing death-rate case-fatality-rate

Some pre-existing conditions triple COVID death risk

Certain pre-existing conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, and others can increase the chance of patients dying from COVID-19, research finds.

Barbara Schindo-Penn State • futurity
Oct. 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 death mortality featured health-and-medicine

279,700 extra deaths in the US so far in this pandemic year

Health statisticians keep careful tabs on how many people die every week. Based on what's happened in past years, they know what to expect – but 2020 death counts are surging beyond predictions.

Ronald D. Fricker Jr., Professor of Statistics and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Administration, Virginia Tech • conversation
Oct. 14, 2020 ~7 min

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Coronavirus 'excess deaths': why England and Wales have been hardest hit in Europe – new study

It's hard to make international comparisons of the COVID death rates in individual countries, but a new approach is giving scientists better data to work with.

Kevin McConway, Emeritus Professor of Applied Statistics, The Open University • conversation
Oct. 14, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  covid-19  pandemic  coronavirus-2020  deaths

Tally of nursing home deaths during Irma was too low

Hurricane Irma killed many more people in nursing homes in Florida than officials counted, report researchers.

Brown University • futurity
Oct. 8, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: death hurricanes nursing-homes natural-disasters government health-and-medicine

Pandemic death toll is far higher than 200,000 in the US

The true US death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic may be 36% higher than reported. Racism may be a big factor, the data suggests.

Boston University • futurity
Oct. 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 death united-states health-and-medicine

Antipsychotics for depression may come with higher death risk

Adults who added an antipsychotic to their depression treatment had a death risk compared to patients who added an antidepressant, a new study finds.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Oct. 1, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: depression death health-and-medicine medications

When someone dies, what happens to the body?

A funeral director explains how the bodies of the deceased are prepared for burial or cremation in the United States.

Mark Evely, Program Director and Assistant Professor of Mortuary Science, Wayne State University • conversation
Sept. 15, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: death coroner autopsy cremation medical-examiner embalming burial funeral-industry funeral dead-bodies

Losing a pet can affect children’s mental health, study finds

Mass. General study finds that the loss of a pet can potentially trigger mental health issues in children.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Sept. 10, 2020 ~5 min

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