The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a report on excess deaths associated with the pandemic. The results are staggering. In the United States, an estimated 299,028 excess deaths occurred between late January and October 3, 2020, 66% of which were attributed to coronavirus.

The coronavirus has especially hit Latino and Black communities, as previously shared by the agency. However, the CDC also found that 25-44-year-olds have been hit hard as well, with the age group‘s “excess death rate” up 26.5%. This is just one of many studies showing excess death rates.

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Experts are still working out explanations for the higher proportions of disease among race and age groups. But the excess deaths among racial groups is stark.  White populations experienced an excess death rate of 11.9% over a normal year. For Latinos, 53.6%, for Blacks 32.9%, and for Asians 36.6%.

“The number of people dying from this pandemic is higher than we think,” said Steven Woolf, director emeritus of the Center on Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Washington Post, “This study shows it. Others have, as well.”

Excess deaths include deaths from the coronavirus that were not recorded that way, and then deaths at home or in nursing homes from strokes, diabetes, heart attacks, or Alzheimer’s disease who did not have access to or were afraid to take advantage of hospital care during the pandemic.

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

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