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    Excess Mortality in Dublin during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Using as a geographical source

    Dempsey, Rebecca and Parnell, Andrew and McCarron, Pádraig and McCarthy, Gerard (2021) Excess Mortality in Dublin during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Using as a geographical source. Irish Geography, 53 (2). ISSN 0075-0778

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    Due to the increasing prevalence of Covid-19 nationally in the latter half of 2020, concern has been rising as to how the resurgence of the disease will impact Dublin as the capital and largest city within Ireland. One indicator of the deadly impact of Covid-19 within the city is to identify excess deaths reported within different districts of Dublin, to begin to detect underlying factors that relate to recognisable population health impacts in each area. To do this, we examined excess death notices posted to for Dublin across 2020, relative to previous years. Using as an effective near real-time indicator of excess mortality linked to Covid-19, we explored the deeper patterns associated with this excess mortality within the city, which became a hub for the resurgence of the disease in Autumn 2020. In this short paper we investigate the underlying factors that have affected the levels of mortality associated with Covid-19 within Dublin. In particular, we examine evidence that points toward Covid-related deaths being 50% higher in Dublin’s more deprived districts, a finding that mirrors wider global research on the differential impacts of the disease (Bambra et al., 2020).

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Dempsey, R., Parnell, A., McCarron, P. & McCarthy, G. 2021, "Excess Mortality in Dublin during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Using as a geographical source", Irish geography, vol. 53, no. 2.
    Keywords: Covid-19; excess deaths; deprived districts; mortality;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Mathematics and Statistics
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > Hamilton Institute
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units, ICARUS
    Item ID: 17959
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    Depositing User: Andrew Parnell
    Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2023 16:08
    Journal or Publication Title: Irish Geography
    Publisher: Irish geography
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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