What are the recent waves of excess mortality in the EU?
Between March 2020 and July 2022, the EU recorded four distinct waves of excess mortality, with peaks in April 2020 (25.2 %), November 2020 (40.0 %, the highest), April 2021 (20.9 %) and November 2021 (26.5 %), Euro stat. Excess mortality for July 2022 is well above that recorded for the same month in 2021 and 2020.
What is Eurostat's monthly excess mortality indicator?
The weekly deaths dataset that Eurostat publishes regularly is used to compute the monthly excess mortality indicator by mapping the deaths of each week to a full month. The data covered in this analysis include all deaths that have occurred since January 2020.
What is the difference between excess mortality and confirmed deaths?
The confirmed deaths often undercount the total impact of the pandemic on deaths, but in contrast to excess mortality they contain information about the cause of death.
What if the USA had an excess mortality rate similar to Europe?
If the USA had experienced an excess mortality rate similar to Europe, there would have been approximately 391 thousand (36%) fewer excess deaths in the USA. Since early 2020, both the USA and Europe have experienced excess mortality due, in large part, to COVID-19, a disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.