Study: Coronavirus vs. other causes of death

Business News | 8 Apr |

Coronavirus was the third- leading cause of death in America on April 6; the 7th leading cause of death in the country since March 1; and is projected to be either the seventh or 16th deadliest event in U.S. history.

As Americans debate the deadliness of Coronavirus and how to respond as a nation, AssistedLivingFacilities.org launched a study and daily tracker on Coronavirus Versus Other Causes of Death using White House projections and data from the CDC. 

The numbers will be updated daily to aid in your media coverage.   

Here are a few key findings today:

• On April 6: COVID-19 was the 3rd leading cause of death (1,182). Heart disease (1,774) and cancer (1,641) were 1 and 2.  It is projected to become No. 1 during peak days in April.

• From March 1 to April 6: COVID-19 was the 7th leading cause of death in America (10,680) behind heart disease, cancer, accidents, Bronchitis, stroke, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and influenza.

Deadliest events in U.S. history:

1. Civil War: 750,000 deaths (1861-1865)

2. HIV/AIDS: 700,000 (1981 to present)

3. H1N1 / Spanish Flu: 675,000 (1918)

4. Heart disease: 647,457 (2017)

5. Cancer: 599,108 (2017)

6. World War II: 405,000 (1941-1945)

7. COVID-19: 240,000 (Upper White House estimate from March 31)

8. Accidents: 169,936 (2017)

9. Bronchitis, emphysema, asthma (CLRD): 160,201 (2017)

10. Stroke: 146,383 (2017)

11. Yellow fever: 125,000 (1600s-early 1900s)

12. Alzheimer’s: 121,404 (2017)

13. World War I: 116,000 (1917-1918)

14. H2N2 / Asian flu: 116,000 (1957-1958)

15. H3N2 / Avian flu: 100,000 (1968)

16. COVID-19: 100,000 (Lower White House estimate from March 31)

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