US Death Toll Forecast to Top 3 Million This Year

According to the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, the 2020 US death toll is expected to reach 3.2 million.

According to the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, the 2020 US death toll is expected to reach 3.2 million. 

It was expected that 2020 will exceed the 2,839,205 tallied in 2019 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The expected increase would be the largest single-year percentage leap since 1918 where deaths rose 46% from 1917 because of the world war and the flu pandemic.

Presently there are 318,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19 while other mortality trends have also increased.

Deaths from certain types of heart and circulatory diseases, diabetes, and dementia have also increased this year.

CDC’s Mortality Statistics Branch Chief Robert Anderson suspected that disease fatalities increased due to diminished care brought upon by the high COVID-19 caseloads healthcare facilities faced. 

Anderson adds that some pneumonia deaths before the pandemic was declared were speculated to be COVID-19 cases. 

As for suicides and car accidents, current data suggested that none has changed since 2019.

Aside from COVID-19, the US also grappled with drug overdose deaths and tallied  81,000 in the 12 months ending in May, the highest ever recorded.


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