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Since February 2020, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has led to at least 200 000 deaths in the US and 1 million deaths worldwide. These numbers probably underestimate COVID-19 deaths by 50%, with excess cardiovascular, metabolic, and dementia-related deaths likely misclassified COVID-19 deaths.1 In this issue of JAMA, Woolf and colleagues1 update their previous estimate, suggesting that the number of excess deaths between February and August 2020 attributable to COVID-19 is estimated to be about 225 000.
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Corresponding Author: Charles R. Marmar, MD, Psychiatry Department, NYU Langone Medical Center, 1 Park Ave, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10016 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Published Online: October 12, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.19632
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Simon reported receiving research grants from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Department of Defense, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the Highland Street Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, and the Cohen Veterans Network; personal fees from Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc, MGH Psychiatry Academy, Axovant Sciences, Springworks, Praxis Therapeutics, Aptinyx, Genomind, and Wiley (deputy editor, Depression and Anxiety); spousal equity from G1 Therapeutics; and royalties from Wolters Kluwer (UpToDate) and APA Press (Simon, Hollander, Rothbaum, & Stein, The APA Publishing Textbook of Anxiety, Trauma and OCD Related Disorders, 2020). Dr Saxe reported receiving NIMH grant R01MH119114 (Dr Saxe, principal investigator [PI]), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grants U79SM080049 (Dr Saxe, PI) and U79SM080013 (Julian Ford, PI), and royalties from Guilford Press for the book Trauma Systems Therapy for Children and Teens (2016). Dr Marmar reported receiving support from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the NIMH, Department of Defense, US Army Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation, Cohen Veterans Bioscience, Cohen Veterans Network, the Home Depot Foundation, the McCormick Foundation, the Robin Hood Foundation, and New York City. He serves on the scientific advisory board and owns equity in Receptor Life Sciences and on the PTSD advisory board for Otsuka Pharmaceutical.
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