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The demography of COVID-19 deaths database, a gateway to well-documented international data

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Arianna Caporali
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Jenny Garcia
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Étienne Couppié
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Svitlana Poniakina
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Magali Barbieri
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Florian Bonnet
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Carlo Giovanni Camarda
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Emmanuelle Cambois
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Iris Hourani
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Daria Korotkova
France Meslé
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Olga Penina
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Jean-Marie Robine
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Markus Sauerberg
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Catalina Torres

Abstract

Abstract National authorities publish COVID-19 death counts, which are extensively re-circulated and compared; but data are generally poorly sourced and documented. Academics and stakeholders need tools to assess data quality and to track data-related discrepancies for comparability over time or across countries. “The Demography of COVID-19 Deaths” database aims at bridging this gap. It provides COVID-19 death counts along with associated documentation, which includes the exact data sources and points out issues of quality and coverage of the data. The database — launched in April 2020 and continuously updated — contains daily cumulative death counts attributable to COVID-19 broken down by sex and age, place and date of occurrence of the death. Data and metadata undergo quality control checks prior to online release. As of mid-December 2021, it covers 21 countries in Europe and beyond. It is open access at a bilingual (English and French) website with content intended for expert users and non-specialists ( https://dc-covid.site.ined.fr/en/ ; figshare: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.c.5807027 ). Data and metadata are available for each country separately and pooled over all countries.

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mnhn-03924298 , version 1 (05-01-2023)

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Arianna Caporali, Jenny Garcia, Étienne Couppié, Svitlana Poniakina, Magali Barbieri, et al.. The demography of COVID-19 deaths database, a gateway to well-documented international data. Scientific Data , 2022, 9 (1), pp.93. ⟨10.1038/s41597-022-01191-y⟩. ⟨mnhn-03924298⟩

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