COVID-19 Was the Third Leading Cause of Death Last Year, CDC Confirms

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  • COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death last year, after heart disease and cancer, provisional data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms
  • According to the report, the death rate from 2019 to 2020 increased by 15.9%, going up from 715.2 to 828.7 deaths per 100,000 people
  • The report drew from data obtained by researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics, who analyzed death certificate data from the National Vital Statistics System
  • COVID-19 replaced suicide as one of the top 10 leading causes of death
  • The researchers found that about 3.36 million deaths occured last year, with COVID-19 accounting for 378,000 (11.3%) of those deaths