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Covid-19 was third leading cause of death in the United States in 2021, CDC reports

Covid-19 was the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2021, following heart disease and cancer, for the second year in a row, according to provisional data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Covid-19 was the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2021, following heart disease and cancer, for the second year in a row, according to provisional data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Highlights

  • Covid-19 was the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2021, following heart disease and cancer.
  • The data was published Friday in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
  • The overall age-adjusted death rate for all causes in the US was about 1% higher in 2021 that in was in 2020.
  • Suicide rose to the tenth leading death rate overall, with Black people and American Indians and Alaskan Natives at the top of the list.
  • Demographic patterns in 2021 were similar to 2020, with overall death rates highest for Black people, American Indians, Alaskans and Black people at the CDC.