For the first time, Coronavirus was the No. 1 leading cause of death in America on April 7, surpassing daily deaths from cancer and heart disease.
As Americans debate the deadliness of Coronavirus and how to respond as a nation, AssistedLivingFacilities.org launched a study and daily tracker on Coronavirus Versus Other Causes of Death using White House projections and data from the CDC.
The numbers will be updated daily
Here are a few key findings as of today:
- On April 7: COVID-19 was the No. 1 leading cause of death (1,941). Heart disease (1,774) and cancer (1,641) were 2 and 3.
- From March 1 to April 7: COVID-19 was the 7th leading cause of death in America (12,621) behind heart disease, cancer, accidents, Bronchitis, stroke and Alzheimer’s. It has surpassed diabetes and influenza.
- 2020 Projected Leading Causes of Death: COVID-19 is expected to be in the top 10 killing many more than the seasonal flu.
- Heart disease: 647,457
- Cancer: 599,108
- COVID-19 upper estimate from the White House (Updated: March 31): 240,000
- Accidents: 169,936
- Bronchitis, emphysema, asthma (CLRD): 160,201
- Stroke: 146,383
- Alzheimer’s disease: 121,404
- COVID-19 lower estimate from the White House (Updated: March 31): 100,000
- Diabetes: 83,564
- Influenza: 55,672
- Deadliest events in U.S. history:
- Civil War: 750,000 deaths (1861-1865)
- HIV/AIDS: 700,000 (1981 to present)
- H1N1 / Spanish Flu: 675,000 (1918)
- World War II: 405,000 (1941-1945)
- COVID-19: 240,000 (Upper White House estimate from March 31)
- Yellow fever: 125,000 (1600s-early 1900s)
- H2N2 / Asian flu: 116,000 (1957-1958)
- World War I: 405,000 (1917-1918)
- H3N2 / Avian flu: 100,000 (1968)
- COVID-19: 100,000 (Lower White House estimate from March 31)