March 29, 2021 | Defo News

COVID-19 Related Excess Mortality in Europe

Pandemic trajectories in European countries differ in timing, duration, and scope of infection waves. But overall, substantially more people died in 2020 and early this year compared to previous years’ average. Life expectancy in some European countries may thus fall by one to two years.


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Original publication

Németh, L., Jdanov, D.A., Shkolnikov, V.M.: An open-sourced, web-based application to analyze weekly excess mortality based on the Short-term Mortality Fluctuations data series. PLOS ONE. (2021) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0246663


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