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2021 was the deadliest year in US history, CDC finds

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Overall deaths rose to a record high in 2021, according to CDC. And while the trend can largely be attributed to Covid-19, there are several additional factors that led to the increase, Mike Stobbe reports for the Associated Press.

The United States saw 3.465 million deaths last year, according to CDC's updated provisional death tally, roughly 80,000 more deaths than the record-setting total in 2020, marking 2021 the deadliest year in U.S. history.

According to Robert Anderson, who oversees CDC's work on death statistics, that increase in deaths was largely due to Covid-19. In 2021, there were 415,000 Covid-19 deaths, up from 351,000 in 2020. Experts said this was largely due to new coronavirus variants and large numbers of Americans refusing to get vaccinated against Covid-19 or wear masks, Stobbe reports.

However, Covid-19 wasn't solely responsible for the increase in deaths. CDC also found that cancer deaths rose slightly, as did deaths related to diabetes, chronic liver disease, and stroke.

Drug overdose deaths also rose, CDC found, hitting 105,000 deaths in 2021, up from 93,000 in 2020. There was an especially large jump in overdose deaths among 14- to 18-year-olds, CDC found.

According to a paper published in JAMA, adolescent drug overdose deaths have generally been around 500 each year for a decade, but CDC found that number jumped to 954 in 2020 and 1,150 in 2021.

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Some experts were optimistic at the start of 2021 that Covid-19 deaths would drop, in part because vaccines were finally available for Americans, Stobbe reports. "We were wrong, unfortunately," said Noreen Goldman, a researcher at Princeton University.

Joseph Friedman, a researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles and lead author of the JAMA study, said the jump in adolescent drug overdose deaths is "unprecedented."

Experts said the increase can be attributed to fentanyl, the highly lethal drug that is often cut into heroin and recently has been pressed into counterfeit prescription pills that adolescents sometimes abuse, Stobbe reports.

Experts also expressed concern that the U.S. life expectancy could drop for the second year in a row. Generally, U.S. life expectancy has slowly increased each year, but in 2020, U.S. life expectancy was 77 years, over a year and a half lower than the rate in 2019.

CDC hasn't made its life expectancy calculation yet, but Goldman and others have made their own, estimating that U.S. life expectancy dropped five to six months in 2021, the same rate it was at 20 years ago.

A preprint study published in medRxiv recently estimated that U.S. life expectancy in 2021 was 76.6 years—a decline from 76.99 years in 2020 and 78.86 years in 2019. This would mean that over the two years of the pandemic, U.S. life expectancy saw a net loss of 2.26 years.

Losing more than two years of life expectancy over the course of two years "is mammoth," Goldman said.

The medRxiv study also looked at death rates in the United States and compared them to 19 other high-income countries. The researchers found the United States fared the worst of the group.

"What happened in the U.S. is less about the variants than the levels of resistance to vaccination and the public's rejection of practices, such as masking and mandates, to reduce viral transmission," said Steven Woolf, an author on the study from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Some experts are concerned that life expectancy numbers won't bounce back to where they once were, as the long-term effects of Covid-19 may increase deaths of people with chronic health problems, Stobbe reports.

Preliminary data from CDC suggests there were at least 805,000 deaths in the United States in the first three months of 2022, lower than the same period last year but higher than that period in 2020.

"We may end up with a 'new normal' that's a little higher than it was before," Anderson said. (Stobbe, Associated Press, 4/12)


Worrying, especially the rise in drug deaths.
 

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Births last year were also up, by 1% to 3.66 million.

But deaths increased by almost 3% to 3.46 million.

This year should be better demographically:

3.7 million births vs. maybe 3.2 million deaths.

Here you can look up preliminary 2021 stats for your state:

 

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The US has a HUGE death rate right now, compared to other Western countries and especially considering it has a much younger population.

The benefit of the US though is that its birth rate is also much higher than other Western countries, except Scandinavian ones.

Which means, that despite having such an abnormally high death rate right now, there are still 200.000 more births than deaths, while that is not the case here.

If there are much fewer deaths this year, which is likely, the US population could grow by 2 million.

Of which around 500.000 would be births minus deaths and some 1.5 million in additional migrant surplus.

That would be +0.6%, not bad for a western country and similar to 2019 and before.
 

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In the final 3 months of 2021 ...

... births in the US increased by 6% vs. a year earlier.
... deaths in the US decreased by 4% vs. a year earlier.

So, in other words, the last quarter was responsible that the country saw a gain in births for the whole year 2021.
 

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In December 2021, US births increased by 7% vs. December 2020.

Deaths dropped by more than 10%.

March 2021 must have seen a lot of sex in the US.
 

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Overall deaths rose to a record high in 2021, according to CDC. And while the trend can largely be attributed to Covid-19, there are several additional factors that led to the increase, Mike Stobbe reports for the Associated Press.

The United States saw 3.465 million deaths last year, according to CDC's updated provisional death tally, roughly 80,000 more deaths than the record-setting total in 2020, marking 2021 the deadliest year in U.S. history.

According to Robert Anderson, who oversees CDC's work on death statistics, that increase in deaths was largely due to Covid-19. In 2021, there were 415,000 Covid-19 deaths, up from 351,000 in 2020. Experts said this was largely due to new coronavirus variants and large numbers of Americans refusing to get vaccinated against Covid-19 or wear masks, Stobbe reports.

However, Covid-19 wasn't solely responsible for the increase in deaths. CDC also found that cancer deaths rose slightly, as did deaths related to diabetes, chronic liver disease, and stroke.

Drug overdose deaths also rose, CDC found, hitting 105,000 deaths in 2021, up from 93,000 in 2020. There was an especially large jump in overdose deaths among 14- to 18-year-olds, CDC found.

According to a paper published in JAMA, adolescent drug overdose deaths have generally been around 500 each year for a decade, but CDC found that number jumped to 954 in 2020 and 1,150 in 2021.

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Some experts were optimistic at the start of 2021 that Covid-19 deaths would drop, in part because vaccines were finally available for Americans, Stobbe reports. "We were wrong, unfortunately," said Noreen Goldman, a researcher at Princeton University.

Joseph Friedman, a researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles and lead author of the JAMA study, said the jump in adolescent drug overdose deaths is "unprecedented."

Experts said the increase can be attributed to fentanyl, the highly lethal drug that is often cut into heroin and recently has been pressed into counterfeit prescription pills that adolescents sometimes abuse, Stobbe reports.

Experts also expressed concern that the U.S. life expectancy could drop for the second year in a row. Generally, U.S. life expectancy has slowly increased each year, but in 2020, U.S. life expectancy was 77 years, over a year and a half lower than the rate in 2019.

CDC hasn't made its life expectancy calculation yet, but Goldman and others have made their own, estimating that U.S. life expectancy dropped five to six months in 2021, the same rate it was at 20 years ago.

A preprint study published in medRxiv recently estimated that U.S. life expectancy in 2021 was 76.6 years—a decline from 76.99 years in 2020 and 78.86 years in 2019. This would mean that over the two years of the pandemic, U.S. life expectancy saw a net loss of 2.26 years.

Losing more than two years of life expectancy over the course of two years "is mammoth," Goldman said.

The medRxiv study also looked at death rates in the United States and compared them to 19 other high-income countries. The researchers found the United States fared the worst of the group.

"What happened in the U.S. is less about the variants than the levels of resistance to vaccination and the public's rejection of practices, such as masking and mandates, to reduce viral transmission," said Steven Woolf, an author on the study from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Some experts are concerned that life expectancy numbers won't bounce back to where they once were, as the long-term effects of Covid-19 may increase deaths of people with chronic health problems, Stobbe reports.

Preliminary data from CDC suggests there were at least 805,000 deaths in the United States in the first three months of 2022, lower than the same period last year but higher than that period in 2020.

"We may end up with a 'new normal' that's a little higher than it was before," Anderson said. (Stobbe, Associated Press, 4/12)


Worrying, especially the rise in drug deaths.

This was to be expected with all the anti-vaxxers in America.

Let's hope that BA.2 and future strains don't kill too many of us.
 

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Meanwhile, Sweden had their lowest death rate last year since statistics started in 1750.

Sweden had 8.5 deaths per 1000 people, the US had 10.5 per 1000 people.

And this despite Sweden having 21% of its population over age 65 vs. just 17% in the US ...
 

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Biden's America.

This doesn't have much to do with Biden.

Trends in the death rate correlate a lot with the overall well-being of a society, it's healthcare system and education.

Unlike Sweden, the US has a very unhealthy society in many parts. Poverty and drugs are everywhere and 60% of the population or more has no solid education.

So, it started long before Biden. Mostly due to Republican policies against the people and their health.
 

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This doesn't have much to do with Biden.

Trends in the death rate correlate a lot with the overall well-being of a society, it's healthcare system and education.

Unlike Sweden, the US has a very unhealthy society in many parts. Poverty and drugs are everywhere and 60% of the population or more has no solid education.

So, it started long before Biden. Mostly due to Republican policies against the people and their health.
What an idiotic excuse- I hope the dems arent paying you to make this because theyre not getting their money's worth. Biden is the president, so he is responsible. He said he would shut down Covid when he got elected and improve Obamacare. Both turned out to be lies.
 

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2020 = Pandemic
2021 = Pandemic, inflation, war
2022 = Pandemic, inflation, war

Any chance we can hit "fast forward" to 2030?
Wait until climate change really starts impacting western and southern states. It’s almost there.
 

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Wait until climate change really starts impacting western and southern states. It’s almost there.
The right will never accept it is climate change, just "bad weather". And even the few that so will say nothing could have been done.
 

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Overall deaths rose to a record high in 2021, according to CDC. And while the trend can largely be attributed to Covid-19, there are several additional factors that led to the increase, Mike Stobbe reports for the Associated Press.

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Worrying, especially the rise in drug deaths.
I simply don't have the time to do the math, so I'll ask. "As a percentage of population, what were the death rates in 2019, 2020, and 2021?"

Currently the projected number of deaths from COVID-19 (in 2022) is DOWN by 28.17% from the projected number of COVID-19 deaths on 01 JAN 22.

22-04-18 A2 - COVID vs Other Causes TABLE.JPG
 

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What an idiotic excuse- I hope the dems arent paying you to make this because theyre not getting their money's worth. Biden is the president, so he is responsible. He said he would shut down Covid when he got elected and improve Obamacare. Both turned out to be lies.
lol they really do want presidents to be dictators
 

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What an idiotic excuse- I hope the dems arent paying you to make this because theyre not getting their money's worth. Biden is the president, so he is responsible. He said he would shut down Covid when he got elected and improve Obamacare. Both turned out to be lies.
When running for president, Joe Biden promised he would protect and build on Obamacare — and that’s exactly what his Administration has done. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, ACA premiums are at an all-time low, while enrollment is at an all-time high. Four out of five Americans can find quality coverage for under $10 a month, and families are saving an average of $2,400 on their annual premiums — that’s $200 in savings every month that families can spend on gas, groceries, and other necessities. Biden and the Democrats lowered costs and increased enrollment to a record high. 14.5 million Americans gaining quality health coverage last year — including nearly 6 million who enrolled for the first time — with an additional 18.7 million low-income Americans now covered by Medicaid expansion. He also reached communities that have historically been left behind, with the HealthCare.gov enrollment rate increasing by 26% for Hispanic Americans and 35% for Black Americans.

In all this time, what were the Republicans up to? Over the last 12 years, Republicans in Congress have voted more than 70 times to repeal the ACA, with no real plan to replace it. Just this year, a Republican senator shared his plan to repeal the ACA, strip protections from the 100 million Americans with pre-existing conditions, and jack up premiums.

I know of no statement in which Biden said he would shutdown Covid. I do know about how Biden went to great lengths to get over 200 million Americans vaccinated against Covid. Too bad die-hard (no pun intended) Republicans refused to get vaccinated. That's why there is a correlation between counties that voted for Trump and Covid deaths.
 

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This doesn't have much to do with Biden.

Trends in the death rate correlate a lot with the overall well-being of a society, it's healthcare system and education.

Unlike Sweden, the US has a very unhealthy society in many parts. Poverty and drugs are everywhere and 60% of the population or more has no solid education.

So, it started long before Biden. Mostly due to Republican policies against the people and their health.
We understand..... TRUMP right? :poop:
 
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Seems that the death rate is skewed towards the red states. I would suggest that those were the least vaccinated states.
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Source: https://www.kff.org/other/state-indicator/death-rate-per-100000/?currentTimeframe=0&sortModel={"colId":"Death Rate per 100,000","sort":"desc"}
Yep

22-04-18 D1c - RED v BLUE DEATHS per MILLION TABLE.JPG
22-04-18 J3 - STATE VAX RATES.JPG
22-04-18 J4 - STATE RELATIVE VAX RANK.JPG
["LOAN" states are the almost always "Blue" states, "MOAN" states are the ones within 5% of the middle, and "ROAN" states are the almost always "Red" states]​

sure seems that way.
 

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Here is what happened on Biden's watch! Biden said time after time he would shut down COVID!
Remember when he said this?

Democratic White House hopeful Joe Biden said Thursday during his final debate with President Donald Trump that presiding over the nation as 220,000 Americans died from the coronavirus should disqualify Trump from reelection.
"Anyone who's responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States of America," Biden said in the opening remarks of the showdown that comes just 12 days before the election.

Biden should resign in shame!


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Here is what happened on Biden's watch! Biden said time after time he would shut down COVID!
Remember when he said this?

Democratic White House hopeful Joe Biden said Thursday during his final debate with President Donald Trump that presiding over the nation as 220,000 Americans died from the coronavirus should disqualify Trump from reelection.
"Anyone who's responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States of America," Biden said in the opening remarks of the showdown that comes just 12 days before the election.

Biden should resign in shame!


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Trump was responsible because he downplayed Covid long after it was accepted that Covid was serious. He knew it was serious and admitted it to Woodward. Trump hailed anti-mask protests and held superspreader events.

Worse, during the Biden transition, Trump ordered his underlings not to cooperate with Biden’s people, who had to start from scratch.

Biden, on the other hand, did everything possible to abate the pandemic and got hundreds of millions of people vaccinated. If he is guilty of anything, it was not prognosticating all the variant and foreseeing that right wingers would refuse a vaccine that could save their lives.
 

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Overall deaths rose to a record high in 2021, according to CDC. And while the trend can largely be attributed to Covid-19, there are several additional factors that led to the increase, Mike Stobbe reports for the Associated Press.

The United States saw 3.465 million deaths last year, according to CDC's updated provisional death tally, roughly 80,000 more deaths than the record-setting total in 2020, marking 2021 the deadliest year in U.S. history.

According to Robert Anderson, who oversees CDC's work on death statistics, that increase in deaths was largely due to Covid-19. In 2021, there were 415,000 Covid-19 deaths, up from 351,000 in 2020. Experts said this was largely due to new coronavirus variants and large numbers of Americans refusing to get vaccinated against Covid-19 or wear masks, Stobbe reports.

The USA has a large and growing population of the elderly. In 2019 over 54 million were 65 and older, about 1 in 6 citizens. Then there were another 20.9 million 60 - 65. That is 75 million out of our total population making it 1 in 5 citizens.


1,427,102 Covid related deaths were aged 55 and over.


Needless to say, these are the most at-risk members, and they would be wise to get vaccinated IF they so wished.

I am (well)-over 55. I got vaccinated ONLY because I took the alleged "one-shot and done" on the promise I would not have to wear a mask anymore.

That same fall I got a case of Covid-19 and for about one day I had mild coughing (which is what alerted me to test) and after that, pretty much nothing during the 5 days of quarantine.

This because while I am "old" I am also healthy with currently (and previously) no co-morbidities.

However, Covid-19 wasn't solely responsible for the increase in deaths. CDC also found that cancer deaths rose slightly, as did deaths related to diabetes, chronic liver disease, and stroke.

Now we are talking about OTHER issues, often related to Obesity.

High blood pressure, dyslipidemia (factor in causing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease), Type-2 diabetes, Stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and breathing problems, MANY types of cancer, etc.


Obesity is a major problem in US society. Making up 42.4% of the population in 2018. It is not shrinking.


I am not going to go into the other issues (drug use, etc.) as there is not enough space. Just let's admit it is a serious and growing problem exacerbated by many policies.

But if one is old, fat, a drug abuser, and any combination of those three, all with multiple pre-existing co-morbidities, then one is HIGHLY likely (as shown by the CDC data) to suffer more from ANY illness than people who are NOT.

Yet those of us who are healthy, and there are still many of us who are, do NOT have to be as concerned about all those "threats of harm" doomsayers keep using to scare people into following "orders" in the name of public safety.
 
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2020 = Pandemic
2021 = Pandemic, inflation, war
2022 = Pandemic, inflation, war

Any chance we can hit "fast forward" to 2030?
I wonder how many pandemics like this we'll have had by 2030?

Or if the response will get better with repeated blows.
 
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