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Excess Mortality During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Guatemala

October 7, 2021

Kevin Martinez-Folgar, MD, doctoral research fellow at the Urban Health Collaborative (UHC) at the Dornsife School of Public Health (DSPH), and Usama Bilal, MD, PhD, MPH, assistant professor in the UHC and the department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at DSPH, along with several researchers, published a study in the American Journal of Public Health that found an excess of eight thousand deaths due to COVID-19 in Guatemala in 2020.

The researchers created a statistical model that was able to predict what would have happened in 2020 if there had been no pandemic and compared what actually happened. They also made a comparison of the average annual deaths in the last five years.

This research was picked up by several news sources.

Link to story (Soy502)

Link to story (Prensa Libre) 

Link to story (La Hora)

Link to interview (Emisoras Unidas)

Link to interview (Noticiero Guatevisión I)

Link to interview (Noticiero Guatevisión II)