- Jan 15, 2013
- United Kingdom
Gah, I got the second and third links mixed up I think.From your 2nd link that leads to the full study here:
This cohort study investigates how hospitalizations and mortality rates for non–SARS-CoV-2 conditions have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.jamanetwork.com
There are 2 main postulated mechanisms for the higher mortality. One posits that during the pandemic, those who were hospitalized tended to have more severe disease and higher risk of death. Delays in seeking care because of fear of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 or because of barriers to access to outpatient and emergency care during the pandemic would result in patients admitted sicker and later in their illness. A second possible mechanism is that a lack of critical hospital resources such as intensive care unit beds and personnel because of the hospitalized patients with SARS-CoV-2 resulted in lower-quality care for all patients. This latter possible mechanism is supported by greater mortality increases in rural hospitals, smaller hospitals, and hospitals that were not affiliated with medical schools during the pandemic compared with the prepandemic period.38 Also, mortality for non–SARS-CoV-2 illness during the pandemic was worse even after controlling for severity of illness.
It was not possible in this study, nor would it be in any study using only administrative data, to determine the relative contributions of those 2 mechanisms to the excess mortality.
Still-- the point here is that there are two other links, and you're using a minor issue with one to dismiss all three. It's the usual approach again.