Covid-19 was the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2020, according to provisional data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Heart disease is responsible for around 690,000 deaths, cancer 598,000 deaths and Covid 345,000 deaths, according to a new report.
Next are unintentional injuries, stroke, chronic lower respiratory disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia and kidney disease, trends in line with previous years.
Covid death rates were highest among adults aged 85 and older, blacks, Native Americans and men.
A total of 3,358,814 people died in 2020, excluding deaths of residents of US territories and foreign countries,
The age-adjusted death rate increased 15.9%, from 715.2 to 828.7 deaths per 100,000 population.
Age adjustment is a statistical method used to compare populations of different age structures.
Covid-19 has been reported as the underlying cause of death or contributing cause of death for 377,883 deaths – or 345,323 deaths of which it was the underlying cause, or 91% of cases.
Covid death rates were only 0.2 per 100,000 among children aged one to 14, but increased dramatically to 1,797.8 per 100,000 among those aged 85 and older.
The age-adjusted Covid death rate was 115 per 1,000,000 in men and 72.5 per 100,000 in women.
Between races, the age-adjusted Covid death rate was lowest among non-Hispanic Asians at 66.7 per 100,000, and highest among Hispanics, at 164.3 per 100,000.
Among whites, it was 72.5 per 100,000 population and 151.1 per 100,000 among blacks.
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