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From livescience.com 4-10-2020
COVID-19 is now the leading cause of death in the United States, killing more people per day than the previous top contenders, heart disease and cancer.
The new coronavirus was responsible for the deaths of 1,940 people on April 8 in the U.S., according to a graph published by Dr. Maria Danilychev, who specializes in geriatric medicine, internal medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine at Scripps Health in San Diego.
In comparison, heart disease and cancer took the lives of 1,774 and 1,641 people on a daily basis, respectively, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data from 2018, the most recent year available, Danilychev wrote on the chart. Danilychev gathered the COVID-19 numbers from Worldometers.info.
COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in the country, with 1,051 deaths on April 3, Danilychev noted.
Danilychev’s animation, which shows the top 15 causes of death in the United States, can be seen here.
Of note, the COVID-19 data shows actual U.S. deaths, while the other causes of death are extrapolated daily averages from 2018.
This analysis makes sense, said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious-diseases specialist at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, who wasn’t involved with the project.
COVID-19 may have also altered death rates in more indirect ways, Schaffner said.
“One of the things that’s dropped off the list is trauma deaths, because people are not out banging into each other with their automobiles and things such as that” he said.
It wouldn’t be surprising if COVID-19 was a top killer in other developed countries, too, as these nations hit their peaks, including in Italy and Spain, “both countries that were very hard hit and are now leveling off,” Schaffner told Live Science.
The only other modern outbreak in developed countries that affected death rates so dramatically is HIV, which causes AIDS, Schaffner said.
“It became, for a period of time, one of the leading causes of deaths for young adults before it was controlled with treatment,” he said.
However, it appears that measures taken to control COVID-19, such as sheltering at home and social distancing, are working.
“We’re actually, in many parts of the country now, starting to turn this virus down,” Schaffner said. “It’s happening in the state of Washington and California. Even New York City thinks they may see a downturn.”
As of today (April 10), the U.S. has diagnosed 495,750 COVID-19 cases and experienced 18,430 deaths, according to worldometers.info.
But there is a bright spot; 26,783 people have recovered thus far, and experts expect that number to grow.
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TWO VIEWS IN ONE DAY ON COVID DEATHS…….
FROM CNN.COM 4-10-2020
Even though the coronavirus pandemic continues to take lives across the United States, Covid-19 has not become the leading cause of death in the nation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed to CNN.
“There are no data to support that theory,” Jeff Lancashire, a spokesperson for the National Center for Health Statistics, said in an email on Friday.
False claims declaring that coronavirus has become the leading cause of death in the US have swirled as the US leads the world in coronavirus cases.
Those claims are made by some experts comparing how many people die of coronavirus daily with the estimate of how many people may die daily on average of each leading cause of death, using CDC data.
In other words — the claims involve comparing reported deaths from Covid-19 to estimated deaths for leading causes of deaths, which include heart disease and cancer.
“We have limited data on 2020 deaths by cause, and no final official numbers yet for 2019, but we do know by looking at the final death totals in 2018 for the two leading causes of death in the U.S., Heart Disease and Cancer, there is no way that at this point COVID-19 comes anywhere close to those totals,” Lancashire said in the email.
He noted that between January and April in 2018, more than 234,000 people in the United States died of heart disease and nearly 199,000 died of cancer.
So far during the coronavirus pandemic, there have been about 16,700 Covid-19 deaths in the United States, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.
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