COVID-19 Was Third Leading Cause Of Death In US In 2020, CDC Analysis Finds.

March 31, 2021

Reuters (3/31, Chander) reports “COVID-19 was the primary or contributing cause of 377,883 deaths in the United States last year, with a particularly high toll among the elderly, according to a government report released on Wednesday.” The mortality rate of COVID-19 “made it the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2020 after heart disease and cancer, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analysis found.” The federal agency “said that the overall U.S. mortality rate increased for the first time since 2017, by nearly 16%, to 3,358,814 deaths.” The increase “was driven by COVID-19, which accounted for an increase of 11.3%.”

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