The Pandemic’s Hidden Victims

How COVID-19 Made Other Illnesses More Deadly

If we told you that marathons lead to spikes in deaths from heart attacks, you might picture exhausted weekend warriors collapsing before they cross the finish line. The story is not that simple. In 2017, Harvard researchers found that blocking traffic during events like marathons delayed emergency care response by 4.4 minutes on average. In some cases, those few minutes proved fatal. No more heart attacks were recorded on marathon days, but more of them led to death.

Something similar happened during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the …

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