Why do some people still not understand just how many people have died with COVID-19?
The usual suspects…
How Many People Have Really Died With COVID-19?
If you are confused or doubt just how deadly COVID-19 has been, one easy way to estimate how many people have died with COVID-19 is to compare year-to-year total deaths.
For example, just over 2.8 million people died in 2018 and 2019.
In 2019, a total of 2,854,838 resident deaths were registered in the United States—15,633 more deaths than in 2018.
How does that compare to 2020?
Not surprisingly, there were far fewer deaths in 2018 and 2019…
Using complete year counts:
- 2019 total deaths – 2,854,838
- 2020 total deaths – 3,177,144
Leaving you with 322,306 more deaths in 2020 than in 2019.
Which is just about the count of COVID-19 deaths that experts have posted.
If you still aren’t convinced that these deaths have been caused by COVID-19, if not COVID-19, then what has caused all of these extra deaths?
“Excess deaths provide an estimate of the full COVID-19 burden and indicate that official tallies likely undercount deaths due to the virus.”Estimation of Excess Deaths Associated With the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States, March to May 2020
The count is even more startling if you understand that many experts think that we are under-counting COVID-19 deaths!
“Simon and colleagues suggest that it is critical to consider that for every death, an estimated 9 family members are affected, such as with prolonged grief or symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder. In other words, approximately 3.5 million people could develop major mental health needs. This does not account for the thousands of health care workers in hospitals and nursing homes who have been witness to the unimaginable morbidity and mortality associated with COVID-19.”Excess Deaths and the Great Pandemic of 2020
Sure, COVID-19 is much more deadly if you have risk factors, but many people still underestimate their risks of getting and dying from COVID-19.
The bottom line is that COVID-19 is indeed deadly, with the possibility of serious long-term effects for many who survive.
“While most persons with COVID-19 recover and return to normal health, some patients can have symptoms that can last for weeks or even months after recovery from acute illness.”Long-Term Effects of COVID-19
And since we now have safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines that can help end the pandemic, you know what to do.
It’s time to get vaccinated and protected.
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Last Updated on March 17, 2021 by Vincent Iannelli, MD