According to a government research released on Friday, COVID-19 was the third top cause of death in the United States for the second year in a row in 2021, with death rates growing for most age categories.
According to the analysis by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 was the underlying or contributing cause of 460,513 fatalities in the United States last year, up over 20% from 2020.
The researchers looked at death certificate data from inhabitants of the United States who died between January and December of last year. They discovered that the total death rate in 2021 was the highest since 2003, with heart disease and cancer respectively being the primary and second major causes of death.
According to the research, the total death rate was lowest among children aged 5 to 14 years old and highest among persons aged 85 and up, indicating a trend similar to 2020. The months of January and September saw the highest number of deaths.
According to CDC data, COVID-19 was linked to 111.4 per 100,000 deaths in the United States in 2021, compared to 93.2 per 100,000 deaths in 2020. COVID death rates were lowest in children aged 1 to 4 years and in children aged 5 to 14.
While COVID death rates for people aged 85 and up were at their peak in 2021, they had fallen since 2020. Last year, there were 94,884 Covid-19-related deaths among people aged 85 and up, compared to 122,707 in 2020, according to data.
The researchers discovered that deaths among people under the age of 75 increased significantly.
According to the research, the total age-adjusted death rate in the United States increased by about 1% from 2020 to 2021.