- A new CDC report showed 94% of Americans who died from COVID-19 had “health conditions and contributing causes.”
- The CDC indicated that diabetes and hypertension are among the top conditions that contribute to death from coronavirus
- Only 6% of registered deaths have the coronavirus as the only cause mentioned
As the United States surpasses 183,000 deaths from coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a new report which shows that 94% of Americans who have died from COVID-19 had pre-existing conditions, according to FOX 8 News.
According to the report, only 6% of registered deaths have the coronavirus as the only cause mentioned, which shows that 94% of the patients who died from COVID-19 also had other “health conditions and contributing causes.”
The CDC listed the following conditions as the top contributors to deaths related to coronavirus disease:
- Influenza and pneumonia
- Respiratory insufficiency
- Hypertensive disease
- Vascular and unspecified dementia
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Renal insufficiency
- Intentional and unintentional injuries, poisonings, and other adverse events
- Other medical conditions
The CDC explains that its data uses a provisional death count to “provide the most complete and accurate picture of the lives lost to COVID-19.”
These numbers are based on death certificates, which the organization says is the most reliable source of data.
Death certificates reportedly contain information that is not available anywhere else and include data such as race, ethnicity and place of death.
The CDC notes in its recent report that interim death counts may not match counts from other sources, such as numbers from individual county health departments as death certificates take time to complete.
Also, states report at different rates, and in other cases, officials need more time to identify deaths from COVID-19.
The CDC indicated that the data provided is not final and is subject to change.
The United States this Sunday reached the number of 5,993,668 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 183,034 deaths, according to the independent count of Johns Hopkins University.
This balance at 8:00 p.m. local time (00:00 GMT on Monday) is 34,766 infections more than on Saturday and 316 new deaths, according to the Efe agency.
Although New York is no longer the state with the highest number of infections, it is still the worst hit in terms of deaths in the United States with 33,021, more than in France or Spain.
In New York City alone, 23,683 people have died.
New York is followed in number of deaths by neighboring New Jersey with 16,041, California (12,935), Texas (12,849) and Florida (11,125).
Other states with a large death toll are Massachusetts with 9,049, Illinois (8,228), Pennsylvania (7,757) and Michigan (6,748).
In terms of infections, California today exceeded the barrier of 700,000 cases and specifically adds 705,535, followed by Texas with 638,672, while Florida is third with 621,586, and New York is fourth with 465,374.
The provisional death toll -183,034- has already far exceeded the lowest level of the initial estimates of the White House, which in the best of cases projected between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths due to the pandemic.
US President Donald Trump lowered those estimates and was confident that the final figure would be between 50,000 and 60,000 deaths, although later he predicted up to 110,000 deaths, a number that has also been exceeded.
For its part, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations (IHME) of the University of Washington, whose models for predicting the evolution of the pandemic are often set by the White House, calculates that for the presidential elections of November 3 The United States will have exceeded 255,000 deaths and by December 1, 310,000.
CDC Director Warns of “Worst Fall” If Masks Are Not Used
In the midst of a growing number of infections and in the face of the near arrival of the change of season and with it, the change of climate, the director of the CDC warns that the US could face the “worst fall” in its history if recommendations to prevent the spread of the virus are not followed.
“For your country at this time and for the war we are waging against COVID-19, I ask you to do four simple things: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands and be smart with crowds,” he told WebMD the Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC.
“I am not asking some Americans to do it. We all have to do it, ”Redfield emphasized.
If his recommendations are not followed, he warns, “this could be the worst fall from a public health perspective that we have had.”
In addition, the director of the CDC revealed what is the other measure that Americans should take before the next arrival of fall: Get vaccinated against influenza.
“By getting vaccinated, you can protect your children,” he said. “When we look at the mortality that we see with the flu, one thing is for sure: children who get vaccinated, basically protect themselves against death,” said the CDC doctor.
On the arrival of the coronavirus, he said that “we were not prepared.” “We owe it to our children and grandchildren that this nation will never again be unprepared.”
The CDC director’s statements come just as a new study by the University of Florida is released, which reveals that the COVID-19 virus not only floats in the air, but is there “alive”, and also can spread at a greater distance than recommended.
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