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Do You Know?

“Death of despair” is a designation applied to all of the following causes of death except which one?

A. Alcohol overdose
B. Heroin overdose
C. SARS-CoV-2 infection-related pneumonia
D. Suicide by shooting

Find out the answer below!

Answer: C. SARS-CoV-2 infection-related pneumonia

“Death of despair” is a term introduced in 2015 by Anne Case and Angus Deaton of Princeton University (1). By their definition, such deaths are caused by drug or alcohol overdose or by suicide, reflecting deteriorating conditions in certain parts of society (2).

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  1. B Bower (2020). Available at:
  2. LJ Colpe (2020). Available at:
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Ivan Damjanov

Professor Emeritus of Pathology at the University of Kansas, Kansas City, USA.

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