The COVID-19 pandemic and cause of death

David Armstrong*

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    This article explores the emergence and development of Death Certificates as a means of establishing the cause of death for individuals and populations. The difficulty in choosing which disease caused death when several are described on the Certificate explains why the number of COVID-19-related deaths has been difficult to determine. This problem also draws attention to the dominant biomedical explanation for the cause of death that both promote and circumscribe what can be recognised as a valid cause.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1614-1626
    Number of pages13
    JournalSociology of Health and Illness
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021


    • cause of death
    • COVID-19
    • death certificates
    • epidemics


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