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Last year, COVID-19 caused more than 3.3 million deaths in the United States

The COVID-19 epidemic last year killed more than 3.3 million people in the United States, the country’s largest annual death toll.

The coronavirus caused about 375,000 deaths, the third leading cause of death in 2020 after heart disease and cancer. COVID-19 deaths in the United States are now 550,000 since the epidemic began.

COVID-19 ranked suicide as one of the top 10 causes of death, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The data must once again serve as a catalyst for each of us to continue to do our part to reduce the incidence, reduce the spread of COVID-19, and vaccinate people as quickly as possible,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Valensky on Wednesday.

The death toll in the United States has been rising for many years, but last year ‘s mortality was up nearly 16% from the previous year. This is the largest one-year leap since 1918, when American soldiers died in World War I and the flu epidemic reduced the death toll to 46 percent from 1917.

Last year, the overall mortality rate was the highest among American Indians and Alaskans. COVID-19 had the highest mortality rate among Hispanic speakers.

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“Unfortunately, given the current state of the epidemic, those effects remain in 2021, as we continue to see colored communities make up the bulk of that death toll,” Valensky said.

Preliminary data for December suggest that 2020 will be a particularly deadly year, նոր A new CDC report shows that it is even worse than expected. The new numbers are still considered preliminary, based on the analysis of death certificates.

Death certificate analysis usually takes about 11 months. The introduction states that the CDC has accelerated its timetable to address the “urgent need for up-to-date, high-quality data during the COVID-19 global epidemic.”

In a separate report, the CDC responded to concerns about non-compliance with COVID-19 deaths. The agency scrutinized the death certificates, finding that many of those on the COVID-19 list also listed other contributing issues. These included conditions such as diabetes, which is known to increase the risk of serious illness, or conditions such as pneumonia, which occurred in a series of events that led to death.

Only 5% of death certificates listed only COVID-19, which occurred more often when a person died at home.

The CDC said its study confirmed the accuracy of COVID-19 deaths. ___

The Associated Press Health Science Department is supported by the Science Education Department of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

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