The indirect effect of COVID-19

6 January, 2021

Dear All

The WHO shows the top 10 causes of death in the world compared to 2019 and 2020.

The death of COVID-19 has been reflected in lower respiratory infections.

However, death caused COVID-19 was 1.8 million in 2020.

If it is an independent cause of death, it is the same number of that of No.6 lung cancer.

So, the direct effect is serious.

But I'm worried about the jump-up deaths of neonatal conditions and diarrhoeal diseases in 2020,

Are these higher death numbers caused by the indirect effect of COVID-19?

If so, what is the mechanism of them?

Kind regards,





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Guest Researcher

Epidemiology and Global Health (EpiGH)

Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine

Umeå University

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Prof. Hajime Takeuchi,MD (Paediatrician)

School of Social Welfare

Graduate School of Social Welfare

BUKKYO University

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CHIFA Profile: Hajime Takeuchi is a professor at the Bukkyo University in Japan. Professional interests: child health, child poverty, child wellbeing. He is a CHIFA Country Representative for Japan and a member of the CHIFA Steering Group (child health and rights) Email: takechanespid AT