Since the beginning of this year, more than 299,000 more people have died in the United States than the average in the five previous years, the American Health Institute reports CDC Tuesday. According to the researchers, the figures show that the impact of the corona pandemic is greater than previously thought.
Corona crisis is an important theme in the election campaigns
The official death toll as a result of the corona virus in the US is over 216.00. But because not everyone who dies from COVID-19 is also registered in this way, these numbers are less reliable. Excess mortality is therefore seen as a better, rough measure of the consequences of the corona virus.
As previous research has shown, black Americans and Latinos have been disproportionately hit by the pandemic. But the CDC researchers note that people between the ages of 25 and 44 are also badly affected. The number of deaths within this age group is 26.5 percent higher than in previous years.
According to the CDC, it is not clear whether the coronavirus has led to the excess mortality among young people. To determine excess mortality, all deaths are included, not just corona patients who have died.
“The number of people killed by this pandemic is greater than we think,” said Steven Woolf, a researcher at Virginia Commonwealth University. The Washington Post. “This study shows it. Others have already done so,” said Woolf, who has conducted many similar studies.
The United States is just two weeks away from the November 3 presidential election. The corona virus is an important theme in the election campaigns. The country still has the most positive tests and deceased corona patients worldwide.
President Donald Trump has come under fire for his approach to the corona crisis, the seriousness of which he has long publicly denied and continues to downplay. “People are tired of listening to Fauci and those other idiots,” Trump said on Monday about Anthony Fauci, the White House’s corona adviser.