COVID-19 excess mortality by race

How did COVID-19 affect mortality rates and how did that vary by racial and ethnic groups? Using January 2011 – April 2020 data from the Census Bureau’s version of the Social Security Administration’s Numerical Identification (Numident) database, a paper by Polyakova et al. (2021) find significantly higher all-cause excess mortality rates for minority groups, particularly…

How much extra COVID-19 risk would you be willing to accept to open the economy?

That is the basic question that Reed et al. (2020) attempt to answer in their recent paper. The approach they use is as follows: We designed a discrete-choice experiment to administer 10 choice questions to each respondent representing experimentally controlled pairs of scenarios defined by when nonessential businesses could reopen (May, July, or October 2020),…

Longevity

Wouldn’t be great if we could find a treatment to improve longevity? Not just a treatment for a specific disease but one that could dramatically improve longevity for a large percentage of human kind. While there is a lot of longevity research going on and much progress has been made. There are some challenges. Milan…