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Vital statistics data give the most comprehensive assessment of the annual mortality burden and critical measurements of the direct and indirect mortality impact during a public health epidemic. Historically, mortality statistics were compiled on an annual basis; however, the COVID-19 pandemic created a compelling need for the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) to quickly disseminate trustworthy provisional mortality data. Provisional projections show a 17.7 percent increase in mortality in 2020 (a 15.9 percent increase in the age-adjusted rate) compared to 2019, including increases in numerous primary causes of death.
According to the preliminary leading cause-of-death rankings for 2020, COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in the United States, trailing only heart disease and cancer.
The National Vital Data System (NVSS) collects, analyzes, tabulates, and disseminates vital statistics based on death certificates filed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision, is used to code the causes of death on death certificates. 2,3 Cause-of-death data is based on the underlying cause of death, which is the sickness or condition that starts the chain of events that leads to death. The mortality numbers shown here are tentative, based on death certificate data submitted by states to the NCHS as of March 21, 2021. The final mortality data will be available around 11 months after the data year ends.
4 According to preliminary data, there were significant changes in the number and ranking of deaths in 2020 compared to 2019. 5 COVID-19 was the third-highest cause of death in 2020, accounting for an estimated 345 323 deaths, and was substantially responsible for the significant increase in overall deaths between 2019 and 2020. Significant rises occurred for a number of other main causes between 2019 and 2020. Deaths from heart disease increased by 4.8 percent, the highest increase since 2012. Unintentional injury (11.1 percent), Alzheimer’s disease (9.8 percent), and diabetes all saw an increase in fatalities (15.4 percent ). Deaths from influenza and pneumonia climbed by 7.5 percent in 2020, despite the fact that the number of deaths was fewer in 2020 than in 2017 and 2018. Fatalities from chronic lower respiratory disease decreased by 3.4 percent between 2019 and 2020, whereas suicide deaths decreased by 5.6 percent.
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Understanding Mortality in a Pandemic Context
Mortality trends for the primary causes of death are key markers of changing patterns in mortality. Changes in major causes during the COVID-19 pandemic provide insight into the pandemic’s direct and indirect effects on mortality burden. COVID-19 was directly responsible for the majority of the increase in mortality from 2019 to 2020. However, increases in several other primary causes of mortality were also observed. These increases may reflect, to some extent, COVID-19 underreporting, i.e., inadequate testing at the start of the pandemic may have resulted in an underestimating of COVID-19 death. 6 Increases in other leading causes, particularly heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes, could also be attributed to healthcare disruptions that delayed early identification and illness management. Drug overdose deaths accounted for the majority of the increase in unintentional injury deaths in 2020. Final mortality data will aid in determining the pandemic’s impact on concurrent trends in drug overdose deaths.
Causes of death:
- Heart Disease
- Accidents/Unintentional Injuries
- Cerebrovascular Diseases
- Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Influenza and Pneumonia
- Kidney Disease