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Physician deaths from COVID-19 have been lower than expected

Kaplan, R., Occupational Medicine, doi:10.1093/occmed/kqaa210
Jan 2021  
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Retrospective 108 US physician deaths from COVID-19 up to October 2020, showing significantly lower mortality compared to the general population (16% of expected deaths).
Kaplan et al., 1 Jan 2021, USA, peer-reviewed, 1 author. Contact: bob.kaplan@stanford.edu.
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Physician deaths from COVID-19 have been lower than expected
R M Kaplan
Occupational Medicine, doi:10.1093/occmed/kqaa210
Background More than 100 US physicians have died from COVID-19. I considered the number of US physician deaths in comparison to the expected COVID death rate in the general population. Aims To estimate the whether US physicians are at increased risk of death from COVID-19 due to occupational exposures. Methods COVID-related physician deaths were identified through searches using Medscape In Memoriam, and multiple internet searches using Google and Facebook. An obituary or death notice was obtained in all but one case. Death rates among physicians were compared to the expected rate based on COVID deaths in the US population. Results Up to 7 October 2020, there were 108 deaths among US physicians. Physicians make up about 0.33% of the US population. By 1 October 2020, there were 210 000 COVID deaths in the US population with 693 expected physician deaths. Observed deaths were 16% of expected. Seventy-five per cent of the deaths occurred among physicians older than age 60 and about half appeared to be among those retired from clinical practice. Conclusions Observed physician deaths were significantly below expected based on deaths the general population. Prudent use of personal protective equipment may explain the lower-than-expected death rates.
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Ing, Xu, Salimi, Torun, Physician deaths from corona virus (COVID-19) disease, Occup Med (Lond)
Kupfer, The graying of US physicians: implications for quality and the future supply of physicians, J Am Med Assoc
Silver, Hamilton, Biswas, Warrick, A systematic review of physician retirement planning, Hum Resour Health
Williams, Munford, Colton, Murphy, Poskanzer, Mortality among physicians: a cohort study, J Chronic Dis, doi:10.1093/occmed/kqab005
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