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Coronavirus virions over offices Unemployment can increase mortality rates by decreasing use of preventive care, increasing the suicide rate, and increasing the odds people will die from cardiovascular disease. (Image: Thinkstock; NIH)

Policymakers should think harder about how to keep the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic from killing people, three economists write.

The economists look at the possible effects of pandemic-related unemployment on U.S. adults’ mortality rates and life expectancy in a new working paper published on the National Bureau of Economic Research website.

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