New coronavirus was 3rd cause of death in the US in 2020

A covid-19 was considered the third leading cause of death in USA during the year 2020, behind only cardiovascular diseases and cancer, according to data released this Wednesday (31) by the American health authorities.




Flags are flown in half at the Washington Monument in memory of 500,000 deaths by covid-19

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According to provisional data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the new pandemic coronavirus Sars-CoV-2 killed 345,323 people, an increase of almost 16% in the overall mortality rate compared to 2019. The index has not increased since 2017.

The report, which examines annual mortality statistics based on death certificates in the USA, revealed that the country accounted for more than 3.3 million deaths between January and December last year. Of this total, approximately 345 thousand citizens lost their lives as a result of covid-19, 690,882 due to cardiovascular diseases and 598,932 due to cancer.

Regarding the population, the number of deaths per 100 thousand inhabitants was around 828, against the 715 registered in 2019, an increase of 15.9%. THE covid-19 killed more Americans than strokes, chronic respiratory diseases, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, flu and pneumonia and kidney disease.

In addition, the disease caused by Sars-CoV-2 has replaced suicide among the top 10 causes of death in USA.

According to the study, the deadliest weeks of last year were at the beginning of the pandemic and in the middle of the peak of holidays, during the weeks that ended on April 11, with 78,917 deaths, and December 26, when 80,656 people died.

The highest annual mortality rates were reported among men, people aged 85 and over and Hispanics, blacks and natives of the Alaska.

In a press conference, the director of the CDC, Rochelle Walensky, said the findings should serve “as a catalyst” for Americans to reduce the spread of the virus and be vaccinated as soon as their turn comes.

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“I know this is not easy and many of us are frustrated with the disruption this pandemic has had in our daily lives, but we can do this as a nation working together,” he concluded.

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