Virus drove record U.S. death rate in 2020, CDC finds

In total, more than 3 million people died in the United States in 2020, the agency found.

The upcoming report marks the first time the agency has publicly confirmed that the national death rate has increased over the past year and that Covid-19 played a role in the increase. According to CDC data, the 2020 increase is the largest since 1918 – when hundreds of thousands of people died of flu in the middle of World War I. Compared, The death rate fell in 2019 by 1.2 percent compared to the 2018 toll.

The report has been expedited for review within the CDC, sources said, as the agency seeks to formalize additional studies on Covid-19 deaths in 2020. Senior officials at the agency’s Atlanta headquarters are also eager to improve the work of the CDC to understand how the virus has impacted color communities.

The Associated Press reported in December These preliminary US mortality data showed that the US was on track with its deadliest year on record with a 15 percent increase in the death rate. The CDC’s upcoming MMWR report will formalize this analysis.

The CDC has released Some mortality data on Covid-19 This indicates that non-Hispanic blacks are almost twice as likely to be affected by the virus as whites. Hispanics are 2.3 times more likely to die, and Alaskan Indians and natives are 2.4 times more likely to die.

The MMWR report is the first in a series of pending reports from the CDC addressing Covid-19 deaths.

Officials are finalizing a separate comprehensive pandemic mortality report but are still working on reporting delays from state health officials. Although most states have provided the health authority with information on more than 90 percent of virus deaths, some states are weeks behind schedule, according to another senior administrative official. The federal government and state health departments across the country continue to work to analyze hundreds of thousands of “excessive deaths” from the past year – or the difference between the number of observed deaths in 2020 and 2019.

The mortality study will build on a recently published report that showed this Life expectancy in the United States had fallen by a full year as a result of Covid-19 from 78.8 years in 2019 to 77.8 years. The report said that during this period, life expectancy decreased by 0.8 years for non-Hispanic whites, 1.9 years for Hispanic people, and 2.7 years for non-Hispanic blacks.

The data used for this report were from January to June 2020. The Agency plans to publish a life expectancy study as part of the larger mortality study that uses data from all of 2020.

According to official records, more than 528,000 people have died of Covid-19 in the United States. Approximately 128,000 of these deaths occurred after Biden took office. While the death rate is falling, the number of Covid-19 cases in the country’s jurisdictions remains high. Federal health officials are urging Americans to adhere to health restrictions such as wearing masks and social distancing in public even after vaccination.

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