A new study has found a massive spike in recorded excess deaths in working-age Americans that were not caused by COVID-19.
Researchers from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) found a 26 percent jump in the non-Covid mortality rate for U.S. adults aged between 18 and 65 years old through 2020 and 2021.
The study revealed that the spike conservatively accounts for 170,000+ non-Covid excess deaths in the U.S.
However, the researchers behind the study note that the real number is likely closer to 200,000.
Over 70,000 so-called “unmeasured Covid deaths” – people who died while infected with the virus but from it – were not taken into account.
“Summing our estimates across causes and age groups, we estimate 171,000 excess non-Covid deaths through the end of 2021 plus 72,000 unmeasured Covid deaths,” the researchers write.
“The Economist has assembled national-level mortality data from around the world and obtains a similar U.S. estimate, which is 199,000 (including any unmeasured Covid) or about 60 persons per 100,000 population (Global Change Data Lab 2022).”
“While Covid deaths overwhelmingly afflict senior citizens, absolute numbers of non-Covid excess deaths are similar for each of the 18-44, 45-64, and over-65 age groups, with essentially no aggregate excess deaths of children,” they added.
“Mortality from all causes during the pandemic was elevated 26 percent for working-age adults (18-64), as compared to 18 percent for the elderly.”
The findings from the study appear to align with other studies that have recorded similar non-Covid death spikes.
“For the European Union as a whole, the estimate is near-identical at 64 non-Covid excess deaths per 100K,” the NBER researchers stated.
However, the researchers noted that countries that didn’t impose strict vaccine mandates and lockdown measures experienced entirely different death rates.
“In contrast, the estimate for Sweden is -33, meaning that non-Covid causes of death were somewhat low during the pandemic,” they highlighted.
“We suspect that some of the international differences are due to the standard used to designate a death as Covid, but perhaps also Sweden’s result is related to minimizing the disruption of its citizen’s normal lifestyles,” the researchers add.
Last month, figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO) show that Sweden had fewer Covid deaths per capita than much of Europe, despite refusing to enforce strict lockdowns, force people to wear masks, or issues vaccine mandates like numerous other nearby countries.
“In 2020 and 2021, the country had an average excess death rate of 56 per 100,000 – compared to 109 in the UK, 111 in Spain, 116 in Germany, and 133 in Italy,” reported the Telegraph.