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All-Cause And Cause-Specific Mortality And Acute Morbidity Attributable To COVID-19 And Medical History Associated With Severe COVID-19 Infection In BC.

COVID-19 Research Area(s): Epidemiology & Public Health, Healthcare Delivery & Policy, Social Impacts

Prediction models about the future course of the epidemic rely mainly on the trends in numbers of Covid-19 positive individuals, hospitalizations, and deaths. These estimates may not be accurate, however, due to a limited availability of the Covid-19 testing and its potential inaccuracies. There is an urgent need to evaluate the overall impact of the pandemic regardless of the accuracy of available data. Our research will provide an insight into who is most impacted by the pandemic in BC, including the primary effects and the secondary effects not directly caused by the virus. In addition, we will investigate the association between past medical history and the severity of symptoms among Covid-19 positive individuals. Our results will help to plan the next steps in the preventive efforts.