Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA explains the lag in reporting COVID-19 as a cause of death on deaths certificates.

Wafaa El-Sadr, a professor of epidemiology and medicine at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, said the 60-day rule is “reasonable,” especially because death certificates aren’t always filled out completely, so if someone dies of COVID-19 complications, sometimes only the immediate cause of death may be noted, not COVID-19.

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