Pandemic kills 285,000 more in US than in typical year

Pandemic kills 285,000 more in US than in typical year

Washington: The coronavirus pandemic has left about 285,000 more people dead in the United States than would be expected in a typical year, two-thirds of them from COVID-19 itself and the rest from other causes, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday.

The CDC said the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, has taken a disproportionate toll on Latinos and blacks, as previous analyses have noted. But the CDC also found, surprisingly, that it has struck 25- to 44-year-olds very hard: Their “excess death” rate is up 26.5 per cent over previous years, the largest change for any age group.

It is not clear whether that spike is caused by the well-recognised shift in COVID-19 deaths toward younger people between May and August, or deaths from other causes, the CDC said.

The report comes with just two weeks left in a presidential campaign whose central issue is President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic. Trump has sought at every turn, including in remarks on Monday, to minimise the virus’s impact, despite a COVID-19 death toll that is likely to be the third-leading cause of mortality in the United States this year, behind heart disease and cancer.