The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Wednesday that the new coronavirus (COVID-19) was the third leading cause of death in the United States. The disease ranks behind cardiovascular accidents with 690,000 deaths and cancer with 598,000.
The report details that the death rate from the disease was highest among adults aged 85 and older, in addition to the 3,358,814 people who died in 2020 in the United States. The weeks with the most coronavirus deaths were in early April, with the arrival of the pandemic, and in December, during the Christmas holidays.
These causes of fatality, according to the federal agency, were followed by unintentional injuries, stroke, chronic lower respiratory disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, and kidney disease.
“The age-adjusted death rate increased by 15.9% in 2020. Overall death rates were highest among non-Hispanic Black persons and non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native persons. COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death, and the COVID-19 death rate was highest among Hispanics,” the agency wrote on its official website.
The document also detailed that knowing these COVID-19 figures allows for improved management of the pandemic in the United States. “Provisional death estimates provide an early indication of shifts in mortality trends and can guide public health policies and interventions aimed at reducing numbers of deaths that are directly or indirectly associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.”
In 2020, the administration of former President Donald Trump made efforts toward a vaccine against the coronavirus. Thus, a few months into the pandemic, the United States succeeded in registering Pfizer’s vaccine.
As of Tuesday, 95 million Americans (28.6% of the population) have received one dose of the vaccine, while 52 million have received both (15.8% of the population). In that sense, almost half of those over 65 years of age (the highest risk group) are already immunized. The United States is currently providing more than 3 million doses daily.