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Comparing US Death Rates 2020: The Effects of Coronavirus


    Death Toll in the U.S. 2020 Review

    COVID-19 is a deadly virus that is transmitted from animals to people causing an unwanted sickness. Some of the most common symptoms in the patients are that they are cold, suffer severe headaches, breathing issues, fever, etc. The first case of this virus in humans surfaced in December 2019 in China. The virus was termed as a severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 also known as COVID-19. New Jersey and the City of New York have witnessed relatively higher COVID 19 deaths. The death rate recorded in the U.S. in July was 8% higher than expected. On average, a minimum of 164,937 deaths have occurred for the first seven months of the year; with 13,195 due to Corona. 

    Keeping track of death tolls is a daunting task during any pandemic. The autopsy reports of a demised person are stated with the leading cause of death, along with three medical conditions that lead to a person’s death. The NCHS collates this data and draws interpretations using these numbers to study the leading causes of deaths in the United States. Currently, the U.S. top causes of death are from heart-diseases and cancer, while COVID 19 is the third-highest cause of death in 2020. 

    Let’s look at some of the statistics of death tolls in the U.S. and their major causes. As discussed above the number one cause of deaths in the US is heart disease, then cancer.

    Every 36 seconds, one person dies of cardiovascular disease. That’s 655,000 Americans each year. The government spends most of its revenue on heart diseases costing around $219 billion per year, including healthcare services and medicines. As figures published by Cancer Statistics 2020 in the American Cancer Society’s journal named: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians; there are about 1,806,590 new cancer cases recorded each year. The number of deaths due to cancer is expected to reach 606,520 in 2020, roughly 4,950 new cases and deaths rising to 1,600 every day. While the deaths owing to COVID 19 has reached 217,476

    Pregnant Women with COVID-19 (Data Collected between January 22- September 22-2020)

    The total cases recorded in the States of women with COVID-19 were 23,222 as of September 22, 2020. Out of which 5,243 were hospitalized, and 55 women were reported who lost their lives.

    Guidelines by CDC for Preventing the Community Spread of COVID-19

    Optimizing the Possibilities of the Exposure

    One of the most effective ways of curbing the virus and breaking the chain of its massive spread is social distancing.

    Other Preventive Measures

    Sticking too good habits can help in reducing the risk of infection. Washing hands frequently, sanitizing, and wearing masks, especially when in crowded areas.

    Protecting the high-risk population

    People above 70 years of age, people with health issues, healthcare workers, are at a high risk of contracting the virus, and it is of utmost importance to protect them.


    The majority of people with COVID 19 go through mild to moderate symptoms and can recover without any special care. However, it ultimately depends on a person’s immune system. The virus is mainly transmitted through the droplets that fall on the surface or floor when an infected person sneezes, coughs, or breathes out. One can get infected by coming in close contact with the patient or by touching a contaminated surface. Generally, people have a habit of touching their eyes, nose, mouth many times a day.