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  • 2020 deadlier than previous five years, even with COVID-19 numbers removed, study finds

    Sheldon Jacobson and Janet Jokela stand outdoors.

    An upswing in death rates from non-COVID-19 causes in 2020 hit hard for men ages 15-64, according to a new study by computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson and internal medicine professor Janet Jokela.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer


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  • Editor’s note: To contact Sheldon H. Jacobson, call 217-244-7275; email To contact Janet Jokela, call 217-244-5955; email:

    The paper “Beyond COVID-19 deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States” is available online. DOI:0.1007/s10729-021-09570-4