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Project #37:
Factors associated with COVID-19 related death.

We used the newly created OpenSAFELY platform to examine factors associated with COVID-19-related death. General practice records of 17,278,392 adults were linked to 10,926 COVID-19-related deaths. A range of factors, including demographic characteristics and comorbidities were explored to determine their relationship with COVID-19 related death.

COVID-19-related death was associated with: being male; greater age and deprivation; diabetes; severe asthma; and various other medical conditions. Compared with people of white ethnicity, Black and South Asian people were at higher risk, even after adjustment for other factors.

We measured a range of factors associated with COVID-19-related death in one of the largest studies of COVID-19 on this topic at this point in time, very early in the pandemic.