The coronavirus pandemic is set to make 2020 the deadliest year in American history.
According to the Associated Press, the final figures will not be available for months, with preliminary numbers showing that more than 3.2 million deaths occurred in the US this year, at least 400,000 more in 2019.
It marks a jump of 15%, the largest single-year percentage jump since 1918, when tens of thousands of American soldiers died in World War I and hundreds of thousands died of Spanish flu.
As of Wednesday morning, COVID-19 has killed 322,849 people in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University data, with the country still seeing record spikes.
It has at times been the number one killer ahead of heart disease and cancer – and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes it may be responsible for many more than it has counted so far.
An explosion of pneumonia cases earlier this year could lead to COVID-19 deaths, which were not quickly identified as epidemics, CDC officer Robert Anderson said, adding that foreign death figures.
An unexpected number of deaths from certain types of heart and circulatory diseases, diabetes and dementia may also be tied to the epidemic, which is responsible for patients already weakened by those conditions and received little care due to lockdown .
Suicide deaths decreased in 2019 compared to 2018, but Anderson said the encouraging trend has not continued this year, with some characteristic of lockout loneliness and exacerbation of existing mental health conditions.
Deaths from drug overdoses, meanwhile, also appear to be on the rise – the highest ever in a one-year period, with 81,000 recorded in the 12 months ending in May.
Experts blame the epidemic disruption in in-person treatment and recovery services, as well as people abusing drugs at home alone without anyone to call for help.
But perhaps the biggest factor is that COVID-19 caused supply problems for dealers, giving them a mixture of cheap and lethal fentanyl in heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, experts said.
“I don’t doubt that there is a group of new people who are suddenly starting to use drugs because of COVID. If anything, I think people who are already using drugs can be supplied. Is more corrupt. ‘
With post wires