The COVID-19 pandemic has carried a heavy burden of mortality, and not just for the people widely considered at highest risk.

A team from the USC Schaeffer Center undertook a full assessment of the first year of the pandemic’s mortality burden by measuring years of life lost and accounting for quality-of-life differences, factoring in age, sex, race/ethnicity and comorbidities.

They found that life-years lost from premature mortality were distributed almost equally across elderly and younger adult populations. In addition, Black and Hispanic populations have experienced a disproportionate number of life-years lost and were significantly burdened by the pandemic.

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