July 25, 2024

2020 was the deadliest year in U.S. history

This was the deadliest year in U.S. history, according to death certificate released on Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Death is expected to top 3 million for the first time, mainly because of COVID-19 that has killed more than 318,000 people.

“The CDC counted 2,854,838 U.S. deaths last year, or nearly 16,000 more than 2018. That’s fairly good news: Deaths usually rise by about 20,000 to 50,000 each year, mainly due to the nation’s aging, and growing, population,” AP noted.

But this year, with addition hundreds of thousands of deaths caused by the coronavirus, the numbers are way up.

Preliminary data suggest that when all the deaths are counted, about 3.2 million people would have died in the United States in 2020, or 400,000 more deaths than in 2019.

The 2020 numbers amount to an annual jump of about 15 percent over 2019, and could go higher once all the deaths from this month are counted.

A small increase in deaths is expected every year in the United States, but a jump of 15 percent is extraordinary.

“That would mark the largest single-year percentage leap since 1918, when tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers died in World War I and hundreds of thousands of Americans died in a flu pandemic. Deaths rose 46% that year, compared with 1917,” noted the AP.

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