Experts believe that 2020 might prove to be the deadliest year in the history of the United States. They have said that deaths due to the COVID19 pandemic are supposed to surpass the 3 million mark for the first time in the US. Although, final mortality data of the US might not be accessible for months for this year, however, initial figures show that the US is going to witness more than 3.2 million deaths this year. The death rate increases every year in the US, therefore a small increase in mortality rate is expected, but this year the death rate is supposed to increase by 15 percent, said the experts. It might shoot up even higher once all the deaths from this month are calculated. Experts have said that it is expected to mark the biggest single-year percentage jump since 1918. In 1918, tens of thousands of soldiers were killed in World War I and hundreds of thousands of people had lost their lives due to a flu pandemic. The death rate had increased by 46 percent in that year compared to 1917.
Health experts have reported that the COVID19 pandemic has claimed the lives of 318000 Americans and the number is still counting. This is the reason experts have predicted the deadly death trend in the US. As per the report, the mortality rate has fallen a bit in early 2019 due to a fall in deaths due to heart issues and cancer. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that in 2019, life expectancy as well as increased by many weeks for the second consecutive year. However, life expectancy might reduce by as much as three full years this year. The CDC has reported around 2854838 deaths in 2019, which have been 16000 more than in 2018. It has been regarded as good news as deaths commonly increase by 20000 to 50000 every year due to the aging and growing population of the US. The age-adjusted death rate has reduced by 1 percent in the US in 2019, while life expectancy has shot up to 78.8 years in the same year.
Health analysts have said that the COVID19 pandemic has been the biggest cause of death in the US this year. However, deaths due to other causes as well have increased amid the pandemic. The COVID19 has become the third leading cause of death across the nation this year. For some time, the pandemic has remained the number one cause of death. There have been some pneumonia cases early this year in the US, however, it seems they have been linked to COVID19 only but experts have failed to recognize it at an early stage. Health officials have seen some unexpected deaths due to circulatory diseases, diabetes, and dementia as well. The SARS-CoV-2 virus might have affected those patients who have been struggling with such underlying health issues, therefore these deaths as well can be linked to COVID19. There have been additional deaths due to drug overdose and suicide as well amid the pandemic. The CDC has disclosed that there have been nearly 81000 drug overdose deaths until May 2020.