Covid-19: the Leading Cause of Deaths in the US


A recent article headline on New Scientist reads Covid-19 was the third leading cause of death in the US in 2020. This is reportedly the largest increase in deaths in the US since the second world war.

At this point in the pandemic, it’s clear that these numbers are pretty accurate.

– Steven Woolf at Virginia Commonwealth University (source: New Scientist)

The following chart from KFF, combines data on COVID-19 mortality rates from KFF’s tracker with data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on weekly counts of death by jurisdiction and cause of death.

Screenshot source: KFF

The CNN Health writes: “Covid-19 was the third leading cause of death overall, accounting for more than 10% of all deaths in 2020. Final death data from the CDC shows that Covid-19 was the underlying cause of death for 350,831 people in 2020.”

“I’m not surprised by these findings. About 77 per cent of the increase in deaths from 2019 to 2020 was due to covid-19 and given that the virus affects mostly those older than 55, this drop in life expectancy is no surprise.”

– Shripad Tuljapurkar at Stanford University in California (source: New Scientist)

We see it time and time again, one generation after the next. As a doctor, there’s no logical reason a person should be more likely to die from a virus because of their skin color. It’s totally a product of what society has done.

– Dr. Steven Woolf, director emeritus of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center on Society and Health on CNN

According to the Associated Press, Covid-19 also brought US population down, only growing by only 0.1% from July 2020 to July 2021.

Screenshot source: Star Tribune

During the same period (July 2020 and June 2021), Minnesota’s population grew only by 225 people, far below the state’s typical annual growth of about 30,000 to 40,000, writes the AP.

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of Dec 21, 9 a.m.) 606,309,295 doses have been distributed and 497,375,025 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of Dec 19) a total of 8,505,668 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of Dec 21) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 990,047 (out of 15,773,963 tested) with 10,197 deaths.