Besides deaths directly attributable to COVID-19, many excess deaths occurred during ‘lockdown’, the 52 range of societal responses to the initial wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Data regarding these excess 53 deaths is sparse, but necessary in order to avoid them in future waves. We investigated what factors 54 contributed to excess deaths of older patients during the initial 2020 lockdown beyond those 55 attributable to confirmed COVID-19. We hypothesized that both physical diseases and mental 56 disorders would contribute.
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