Men especially affected: Covid-19 third leading cause of death in the USA


Especially affected men
Covid-19 third leading cause of death in United States

The coronavirus pandemic hit the United States particularly hard last year. Hundreds of thousands of Americans die from Covid-19 lung disease. Only heart disease and cancer will claim more deaths in 2020.

Covid-19 was the third leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease and cancer last year. This results from the preliminary calculations of the health authority CDC, which evaluated the data on behalf of the US Department of Health and published it on Wednesday. Accordingly, around 690,000 US citizens died from heart disease, around 598,000 from cancer and around 345,000 from Covid-19. Injuries, strokes, respiratory diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and flu followed – which corresponds to the figures from previous years.

The age-adjusted death rate in the United States rose 15.9 percent from 715.2 to 828.7 per 100,000 population last year. With age-adjusted data, population groups from different age groups can be statistically better compared. For men, the age-adjusted corona death rate was 115 per 100,000 inhabitants, whereas for women it was only 72.5.

The death rates of those over 85, blacks and indigenous peoples were particularly high. The corona death rate of the under 14-year-olds was 0.2 per 100,000 inhabitants, while that of the over 85-year-olds was 1798 per 100,000 inhabitants.

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