Will Survivors of the First Year of the Pandemic Have Lower Mortality?

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The brief’s key findings are:

  • In the first year of the pandemic, 300,000 Americans ages 60+ died from COVID, with the oldest and least healthy at greater risk.
  • The question here is, since those who died tended to be more vulnerable, to what extent will the survivors have lower mortality rates?
  • The analysis estimates that mortality did decline, but only slightly.
  • This impact is small because the number of COVID deaths, though a terrible toll, is not large relative to the overall population.