2020 Was Especially Deadly in the US. Covid Wasn’t the Only Culprit.
The year 2020 has been abnormal for mortalities. At least 356,000 more people in the US have died than usual since the #coronavirus #pandemic took hold in the country in the spring. But not all of these deaths have been directly linked to #COVID19.
More than a quarter of deaths above normal have been from other causes, including #diabetes, #Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure and #pneumonia.
Many of them are most likely indirectly related to the virus and caused by disruptions from the pandemic, including strains on health care systems, inadequate access to supplies like ventilators or people avoiding hospitals for fear of exposure to the coronavirus.