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Average lifetime lost (ALL): a descriptive statistic for assessing disease fatality with a COVID-19 example
  1. Elizabeth D Hathaway
  1. Health and Human Performance, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
  1. Correspondence to Elizabeth D Hathaway, Department of Health & Human Performance, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN, USA; Elizabeth-hathaway{at}

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An opportunity exists for the addition of statistical measures to aid in Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s fulfilment of its goals for COVID-19 surveillance. The average lifetime lost (ALL) statistic attempts to measure the loss caused by a disease. This statistic will give another way to judge how deadly or benign, in an average sense, a disease is. This statistic may lower population anxiety by objectively demonstrating that the actual lifetime shortening effect of a disease is quite small. It will also give a way to make meaningful comparisons between different groups, diseases …

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  • Contributors EDH is the sole author of this work.

  • Funding The author has not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.