CDC releases new data on COVID-19 deaths and underlying health conditions


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data last week that depicts how many Americans who have died from COVID-19 also had contributing health conditions. ~

According to the report, only 6% of deaths in the US have COVID-19 as the only cause mentioned, revealing that 94% of patients who died from coronavirus also had other “health conditions and contributing causes” (CDC). Specifically, the CDC claimed, “For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death.” ~

The CDC then went on to list the top underlying medical conditions linked to coronavirus deaths. The conditions included: influenza and pneumonia; respiratory failure; hypertensive disease; diabetes; vascular and unspecified dementia; cardiac arrest; heart failure, renal failure; and intentional and unintentional injury, poisoning, and other adverse events. ~

The CDC explained that their data use provisional death counts to “deliver the most complete and accurate picture of lives lost to COVID-19.” Also claiming that their numbers are based on death certificates, which the organization says are the most reliable source of data due to it containing information that is not available anywhere else. Death certificates include comorbid conditions, race and ethnicity, and place of death, according to the CDC. The organization explained that their provisional death counts may not match counts from other sources, such as numbers from county health departments, because death certificates take time to be completed, states report at different rates, it takes officials extra time to code COVID-19 deaths, and because other reporting systems use different definitions or methods for counting deaths. ~


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