Medical Health Cluster


Drug Overdose Deaths Rise, Disparities Widen

Overview Drug overdose data show troubling trends and widening disparities between different population groups. In just one year, overdose death rates (number of drug overdose deaths per 100,000 people) increased 44% for Black people and 39% for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people. Most people who died by overdose had no evidence of […]

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US Tops 1M COVID Deaths: ‘History Should Judge Us Harshly’

Amid warnings of a new surge, COVID-19 deaths in the United States topped 1 million today, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, a chilling and tragic milestone for a pandemic still bringing waves of grief and disrupting lives into a third year. President Joe Biden last week ordered flags flown at […]

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Breakthrough COVID Deaths Increasing in US

Breakthrough deaths are making up a larger portion of those who have died from COVID-19, according to a new analysis from ABC News. That means more COVID-19 deaths are occurring among those who are vaccinated against the coronavirus. But public health experts say that should be expected as more Americans reach full vaccination […]

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More COVID Deaths in Counties With Lower Internet Access

U.S. communities with limited internet access reported higher COVID-19 death rates during the first year of the pandemic, according to a recent study published in JAMA Network Open. Between 2.4 and six deaths per 100,000 people could have been prevented, the researchers estimated, depending on whether they were in rural, suburban or urban […]

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Lockdowns Prevent Only .2% of COVID Deaths: Study

An analysis from a trio of economists says pandemic lockdowns during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic did little to reduce the number of COVID-related deaths. Lockdowns in the United States and Europe reduced COVID-related deaths by only .2%, and shelter-in-placed orders reduced deaths by 2.9%, the study says. […]

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Europe is facing 700,000 more Covid deaths — but masks could prevent many of them, WHO says

Europe could suffer another 700,000 Covid-19 deaths by March, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. It’s the latest in a series of dire warnings for the region, which is in the grip of a devastating fourth wave of cases that has plunged several countries back into lockdown. More than 1.5 million […]

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