"About 14.9 million people around the world died as a direct or indirect result
of Covid-19 in the period between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2021,
according to new estimates from the World Health Organization -- nearly three
times more deaths than were officially reported.
There were 5.4 million Covid-19 deaths reported to WHO during that timeframe,
resulting in an excess mortality estimate of 9.5 million more deaths than what
"Excess mortality is the difference between the number of deaths that have been
recorded and those that would be expected in the absence of the pandemic," said
Samira Asma, assistant director-general for the Data, Analytics and Delivery
for Impact Division of WHO.
The 14.9 million deaths include "deaths directly attributed to Covid-19 that
were reported to WHO, deaths directly attributed to Covid-19 that were not
counted or reported ... deaths indirectly associated with the pandemic due to
the wider impact on health systems and society," Asma explained. The figure
also subtracts any deaths that were avoided due to changes in social behaviors,
such as fewer fatalities from car wrecks because of lockdowns or travel
The estimated range of excess deaths was 13.3 million to 16.6 million over the
24-month period, according to the methodology used in the WHO report."
Via Doug Senko.
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