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  • Study of non-COVID-19 deaths shows 2020 increase in several demographics

    Sheldon Jacobson and Janet Jokela stand outdoors.

    U.S. deaths from non-COVID-19 causes were significantly higher in the first months of the pandemic than in previous years across several demographics, according to a new study by computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson and internal medicine professor Janet Jokela.

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  • Editor’s note: To contact Sheldon H. Jacobson, call 217-244-7275; email To contact Janet Jokela, call 217-244-5955; email:

    The paper “Non-Covid-19 excess deaths by age and gender in the United States during the first three months of the Covid-19 pandemic” is available online. DOI: 10.1016/j.puhe.2020.10.004