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Has our strategy on Covid been the right one? Here's hoping

Prof Luke O'Neill


Tough anti-Covid measures may well prove a case of short-term gain, long-term pain. Only time will tell, writes Prof Luke O'Neill

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In the US, certain sections of society are faring worse than others in the Covid-19 pandemic. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

In the US, certain sections of society are faring worse than others in the Covid-19 pandemic. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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In the US, certain sections of society are faring worse than others in the Covid-19 pandemic. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Last week, a report by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) concluded that there have been between 900 and 1,200 extra deaths this year compared with other years. This is called the number of 'excess deaths'.

From year to year, the overall mortality rate in Ireland, and indeed most countries, is remarkably stable. We can therefore spot if more people are dying. It is perhaps the most important number to examine when it comes to Covid-19.

People who criticise governments' approach to Covid-19 look at this number closely and say: 'What's all the fuss about when excess death numbers are relatively low?'


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