Short- and medium-term impacts of strict anti-contagion policies on non-COVID-19 mortality in China

  title={Short- and medium-term impacts of strict anti-contagion policies on non-COVID-19 mortality in China},
  author={Jinlei Qi and Dandan Zhang and Xiang Zhang and Tanakao Takana and Yuhang Pan and Peng Yin and Jiangmei Liu and Shuocen Liu and George Fu Gao and Guojun He and Maigeng Zhou},
  journal={Nature Human Behaviour},
The effects of coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) public health policies on non-COVID-19-related mortality are unclear. Here, using death registries based on 300 million Chinese people and a difference-in-differences design, we find that China’s strict anti-contagion policies during the COVID-19 pandemic significantly reduced non-COVID-19 mortality outside Wuhan (by 4.6%). The health benefits persisted and became even greater after the measures were loosened: mortality was reduced by 12.5% in… 
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