Revealing the Toll of COVID-19: A Technical Package for Rapid Mortality Surveillance and Epidemic Response

Rendering of the 2019-nCoV virion. Dan Higgins, MAM/CDC/REUTERS

The purpose of this document is to provide practical guidance to implement rapid mortality surveillance (RMS) and measure excess mortality in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on implementation in low-resource settings. This includes settings with largely paper-based systems of data collection.