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Coronavirus: third cause of death in 2020

Covid-19 ranked as the third leading cause of death in 2020 in the US after cancer and heart disease.

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The pandemic caused the number of deaths to rise during 2020 to 3.3 million, compared to the mortality rate registered in 2019 had an increase of 18%. Photo: Freepik

LatinAmerican Post | Brandon Martínez Salazar

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Without a doubt, 2020 was a critical year for all the inhabitants of the world due to the arrival of the new coronavirus that ended up becoming a global pandemic. Most economic sectors were hit by this situation, inequalities became more visible and multiple risk groups died from the virus.

Covid-19 mortality rate

SARS-CoV-2 caused about 375,000 deaths in the United States , becoming the third leading cause of deaths with respect to diseases, representing 11.3% of the total deaths, according to data published by the Center for Control and Disease Prevention (CDC).

Taking this information into account, the pandemic caused the number of deaths to rise during 2020 to 3.3 million, compared to the mortality rate registered in 2019, which had an increase of 18% . This means that deaths went from 715 to 829 per 100,000 inhabitants .

Now, in the general rate, there was a higher incidence of mortality in black and native people, but mortality from Covid-19 was more critical for Hispanics , according to the known report.

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For its part, the United States has been intensifying its response to massive infections in recent weeks as increases have developed in some states that have set off alarms in the Federal Government. As vaccination campaigns continue to expand, authorities call for accountability.

"Seeing the threat accelerating, we have also accelerated the response: we moved forward the universal vaccine date for most Americans by two weeks, increased the supply of vaccines to the states, doubled the number of pharmacies and opened more vaccination centers," said on Tuesday the White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden last Thursday increased his coronavirus vaccination goal to two hundred million inoculated doses by April 29. He had previously kept his promise to vaccinate 100 million people in his first three months of administration, which he achieved in advance.

So far, the North American country has a total of 30.5 million infections and more than half a million deaths from coronaviruses . For now, 16.1% of the population is immunized, which is 53.4 million people and 96 million who have received the first dose .

Cancer and heart disease

According to official data, heart disease was the leading cause with 690,882 deaths last year, followed by cancer, which left 598,932 deaths . However, life expectancy in the United States decreased by one year. In other words, it went from 78.8 to 77.8 years in the first quarter of 2020. This figure marks a setback to the levels registered in 2006.

Here is a list of the top ten causes of death in 2020:

  • Heart diseases
  • Cancer
  • Covid19
  • Involuntary injuries
  • Hits
  • Chronic lower respiratory disease
  • Alzheimer's
  • Diabetes
  • Influenza and pneumonia
  • Liver disease