. Covid-19’s second wave has devastated eastern European countries « JO LEE MAGAZINE

The Economist – ONE OF THE grimmest lessons from Spanish flu, which killed perhaps 50m people from 1918 to 1920, is that the second wave of a pandemic can be deadlier than the first. The latest evidence from Europe suggests that, in that continent at least, covid-19 has followed a similar pattern. An analysis by The Economist of mortality data from 46 countries, including Israel and some in Central Asia, suggests that between March and May 2020 there were about 220,000 “excess deaths” from all causes in the region—defined as the difference between observed and expected fatalities for that time of year.

Excellent analysis at The Economist

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