COLORADO SPRINGS – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported COVID-19 as the third most common cause of death in the United States in 2021.
Citing two Morbidity and Mortality Reports released Friday, the CDC said there is a clear need for “greater efforts to implement effective interventions.”
The first report provides an overview of preliminary U.S. mortality data for 2021, including a comparison of death rates for all causes of death and for deaths involving COVID-19. The study found that the total age-adjusted death rate increased by almost 1% in 2021 from 2020. The overall death rates were highest among non-Hispanic Native Americans / Alaskan natives and non-Hispanic blacks or African Americans. For the second year, COVID-19 was the third most common cause of death after heart disease and cancer.
The second report shows that from 2020 to 2021, the differences in COVID-19 death rates among most racial and ethnic groups decreased. This report found that differences in age-adjusted COVID-19 death rates decreased by 14% -40% for most racial and ethnic groups, including non-Hispanic white people, which accounted for 60% -65% of all people who died; and increased non-significantly (7.2%) for non-Hispanic native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders (0.2% –0.3% of people who died) compared to non-Hispanic multiracial people.
The CDC says the United States must work to ensure equal treatment in all communities in relation to their need for effective interventions that can prevent excess COVID-19 deaths.