Home or Hospital: What Place of Death Can Tell Us About COVID-19 and Public Health   [open html - 0B]

From the Webpage: "More than two years into the pandemic the United States has passed the tragic threshold of 1 million deaths due to COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] [hyperlink]. We have reached this terrible milestone still working to understand both how the virus functions from a medical and scientific perspective and how the pandemic has affected and will continue to affect our lives, communities, and economy in a broader sense. Looking back to the first year of the pandemic and the detailed data on COVID-19 deaths now available for that year can provide valuable insight as we move forward. In 2020 alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 350,831 deaths in which COVID-19 was the underlying cause of death listed on the death certificate; of those deaths, 19,413 occurred in the decedent's home. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, public health practitioners and researchers have focused heavily on the role that hospitals and hospital capacity plays in who dies or has serious complications from COVID-19 but substantially less attention has been paid to people who die at home without seeking medical care. In some cases, dying at home is a conscious choice; people have chosen to die at home for the increased comfort [hyperlink] that it affords over being hooked up to machines in the hospital. Other COVID-19 deaths in the home may be driven by external factors, including a lack of access to medical care due to distance, lack of capacity in hospitals, a lack of health insurance, or postponing seeking care until it is too late. [...] The goal of this analysis is to document and understand the association between place of death and characteristics of people who died of COVID-19. We examine differences by age, race, state, month, and whether the county of the decedent is urban/suburban or rural."

Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government
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