COVID-19 accounted for one in every 12 deaths that occurred in the U.S. during the first 20 months of the pandemic, a new study finds, with the virus being among the top five killers of every age group in the country.
Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a part of the National Institutes of Health, found that 5.7 million Americans died of all causes from March 2020 to October 2021. Around 700,000 of those deaths – or eight percent – were directly blamed on COVID-19.
The virus may have caused ancillary deaths, though. Conditions like Alzheimer’s, heart disease and strokes all had increased mortality during the first 18 months of the pandemic, with some believing the virus prevented many patients from seeking medical care causing them to die preventable deaths.
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