"Peak mask-wearing was extremely weakly correlated with lower COVID-19 mortality (-0.046)."

"Crude COVID-19 mortality rates during the first phase of the pandemic in 2020...were higher in wealthier countries that were further away from the equator and had a higher health and wellness score according to the Social Progress Imperative."
"Countries with higher composite health & wellness scores may have had lower morbidity & mortality from the aforementioned conditions, but this would have improved life expectancy of their citizens & likely reflects better management of chronic disease rather than its absence."
"This supports published findings that mortality from COVID-19 is highest in the elderly & those suffering chronic ailments. The incidence of diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease& malignancies are all higher in elderly populations"

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