Several researchers have looked at excess deaths during the pandemic, either regionally or nationally. However, only 67% of these excess deaths can be explained as official COVID-19 deaths. If we apply these ratios to the total pandemic, that means that there have been a total of 319,402 excess deaths total during the pandemic (214,000 is 67% of 319,402). Some may wish to focus on the excess deaths due to suicides and overdoses, arguing that these result from our reaction to the pandemic rather than the pandemic itself. “And most models predict our country will have more excess deaths if states don’t take more assertive approaches in dealing with community spread.