According to a report released on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of deaths in the United States decreased last year, and COVID-19 slipped to the country’s No. 4 cause of death.
Heart disease, cancer, and injuries such as drug overdoses, fatal motor vehicle crashes, and shootings were the leading causes of mortality in COVID-19. Only cancer and heart disease outpaced the coronavirus in 2020 and 2021.
Because of the nation’s expanding population, the number of deaths in the US typically increases yearly.
With more than 3.4 million fatalities in 2021, the epidemic accelerated this trend and made the year the bloodiest in American history.
But the first decline in deaths since 2009 occurred in 2022.
About 3.3 million people were affected in 2022, a 5% decrease from 2021 but still much more than in the years before the pandemic.
The CDC advised that the figures from the previous year are provisional and could alter somewhat after further examination.
Nearly all Americans saw a decline in deaths caused by coronavirus.
The virus was determined to be the primary factor in roughly 187,000 deaths in the United States last year or about 6% of all deaths.
According to the CDC, the South and a nearby area that extends west to Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico had the highest COVID-19 fatality rates.
According to the CDC, the pandemic saw increased cancer and heart disease death rates. Before COVID-19, the cancer death rate has been declining for 20 years.
According to the CDC statistics, there were roughly 218,000 injury deaths last year, down from about 219,500 the year before.
That would be unexpected given the current trends of growing drug overdose and gun deaths.
Officials from the CDC warned the number might increase.
Because many injury deaths entail police investigations, death certificate data usually takes longer for these deaths.