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68% of COVID-19 deaths during the first year of the pandemic were adults in low socioeconomic positions — ScienceDaily

A new study reveals that 68 percent of COVID-19 deaths during the first year of the pandemic were adults in low socioeconomic positions (SEP) employed in labor, service and retail jobs that require on-site attendance and prolonged close contact with others. University of South Florida epidemiologist Jason Salemi’s research confirmed associations between COVID-19 mortality rates […]

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COVID-19 accounted for 62% of duty-related law enforcement deaths in 2020, study finds — ScienceDaily

COVID-19 accounted for 62% of the 295 duty-related law enforcement deaths reported in 2020 to the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund database, which tracks law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty, according to a new University at Buffalo study. The study, published last month in Policing: An International Journal, also found […]

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‘Shielding’ strategies instead of lockdowns would have led to tens of thousands more deaths, new modelling shows — ScienceDaily

Shielding those vulnerable to COVID-19, while allowing the virus to spread, largely unmitigated, through the rest of the population, would have failed according to a new modelling paper published today in PLOS Global Public Health by University of Bath scientists. Shielding strategies or “focused protection,” as advocated for in the Great Barrington Declaration, would have […]

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Adolescent drug overdose deaths rose exponentially for the first time in history during the COVID pandemic — ScienceDaily

The rate of overdose deaths among U.S. teenagers nearly doubled in 2020, the first year of the COVID pandemic, and rose another 20% in the first half of 2021 compared with the 10 years before the pandemic, even as drug use remained generally stable during the same period, according to new UCLA research. This is […]

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Study finds association between cigarette tax and reduced infant deaths — ScienceDaily

Raising taxes on tobacco is associated with a reduction in neonatal and infant mortality, according to an analysis of 159 countries published this week in the open-access journal PLOS Global Public Health by Anthony Laverty of Imperial College London, UK, and colleagues. Exposure of pregnant women and babies to smoking and second-hand smoke is known […]

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Hurricanes and other tropical cyclones linked to rise in U.S. deaths from several major causes — ScienceDaily

Over recent decades, hurricanes and other tropical cyclones in the U.S. were associated with up to 33.4 percent higher death rates from several major causes in subsequent months. This is the finding of research from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Colorado State University, Imperial College London, and Harvard T. H. Chan School of […]

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More than 800 deaths may have been avoided due to air quality improvements during the first lockdown phase in Europe — ScienceDaily

Strict COVID-19 lockdown policies such as workplace closures in European cities reduced levels of air pollution and the number of associated deaths, according to new estimates published in Nature’s Scientific Reports. The research, which was funded by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) on behalf of the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), was […]

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A second study by the same research team finds 1.8 million excess deaths around the world linked to urban air pollution — ScienceDaily

Nearly 2 million new cases of pediatric asthma every year may be caused by a traffic-related air pollutant, a problem particularly important in big cities around the world, according to a new study published today. The study is the first to estimate the burden of pediatric asthma cases caused by this pollutant in more than […]