Covid-19 continues to be destructive in 2020 as well. According to data, the virus is the cause behind 10% of U.S. deaths this year.
Going into the details, more than about 3.3 million resident deaths were recorded in 2020 across the U.S. The details are part of an analytical survey released by the ‘National Center for Health Statistics, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Deaths due to COVID-19 in 2020 led to the most considerable increase ever in the nation’s overall mortality rate on record. Also, it led to the biggest-ever single-year fall in life expectancy within a span of seven decades.
Covid was the 3rd leading cause of deaths in the U.S. Heart ailments, and cancer was analyzed at the first and second spots, respectively.
Deaths due to diabetes also showed a surge. It seems many patients with diabetes sought medical help much later owing to fears of exposure to covid-19. In addition, many were unable to receive high-quality medical care due to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic.
It appears that as a direct consequence, The fatality rate due to diabetes increased by about 14.8%. In fact, 2020 saw deaths due to diabetes reaching more than 1,00,000 for the first time.
Anxiety due to the pandemic was also widespread. This trend is believed to continue in the coming years as well.
Although mortality rates increased last year among the Hispanic, Black, and White groups, the recently released data portray a disproportionate influence on people of varying color groups. Such a GAP is undoubtedly alarming and needs immediate attention.
The Hispanic group faced the most significant increase in death rates in 2020. The death rate among males increased by about 43% compared to 2019. The increase was about 32% among females.