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Article: Short- and Medium-Term Impacts of Strict Anti-Contagion Policies on Non-COVID-19 Mortality In China

TitleShort- and Medium-Term Impacts of Strict Anti-Contagion Policies on Non-COVID-19 Mortality In China
Authors
Issue Date2022
PublisherNature Research (part of Springer Nature). The Journal's web site is located at https://www.nature.com/nathumbehav/
Citation
Nature Human Behaviour, 2022, v. 6 n. 1, p. 55-63 How to Cite?
AbstractThe 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 the medium term. Significant changes in people’s behaviours (for example, wearing masks and practising social distancing) and reductions in air pollution and traffic accidents could have driven these results. We estimate that 54,000 lives could have been saved from non-COVID-19 causes during the 50 days of strict policies and 293,000 in the subsequent 115 days. The results suggest that virus countermeasures not only effectively controlled COVID-19 in China but also brought about unintended and substantial public health benefits.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/308994
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2020 Impact Factor: 13.663
2020 SCImago Journal Rankings: 3.434
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dc.contributor.authorQi, J-
dc.contributor.authorZhang, D-
dc.contributor.authorZhang, X-
dc.contributor.authorTakana, T-
dc.contributor.authorPan, Y-
dc.contributor.authorYin, P-
dc.contributor.authorLiu, J-
dc.contributor.authorLiu, S-
dc.contributor.authorGao, GF-
dc.contributor.authorHe, G-
dc.contributor.authorZhou, M-
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-14T01:39:11Z-
dc.date.available2021-12-14T01:39:11Z-
dc.date.issued2022-
dc.identifier.citationNature Human Behaviour, 2022, v. 6 n. 1, p. 55-63-
dc.identifier.issn2397-3374-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/308994-
dc.description.abstractThe 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 the medium term. Significant changes in people’s behaviours (for example, wearing masks and practising social distancing) and reductions in air pollution and traffic accidents could have driven these results. We estimate that 54,000 lives could have been saved from non-COVID-19 causes during the 50 days of strict policies and 293,000 in the subsequent 115 days. The results suggest that virus countermeasures not only effectively controlled COVID-19 in China but also brought about unintended and substantial public health benefits.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherNature Research (part of Springer Nature). The Journal's web site is located at https://www.nature.com/nathumbehav/-
dc.relation.ispartofNature Human Behaviour-
dc.titleShort- and Medium-Term Impacts of Strict Anti-Contagion Policies on Non-COVID-19 Mortality In China-
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dc.identifier.emailHe, G: gjhe@hku.hk-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1038/s41562-021-01189-3-
dc.identifier.pmid34845358-
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dc.identifier.volume6-
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dc.identifier.spage55-
dc.identifier.epage63-
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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