Coronavirus is Now the Leading Cause of Death in America

A hospital worker wears protective equipment while moving bodies in Brooklyn, NY. AP

COVID-19 — the illness caused by the novel coronavirus spreading across the globe — is now the No. 1 cause of death in the US, where it is killing more people every day than heart disease or cancer, according to a report.

A new graph published this week by Dr. Maria Danilychev, a San Diego-based physician, showed the disease causes 1,970 deaths across the country per day, according to Newsweek.

Meanwhile, the graph shows that 1,774 deaths per day are caused by heart disease and 1,641 by cancer, the mag reported.

Only last week, COVID-19 was the third-leading cause of death, averaging about 748 deaths per day, taking the place of accidents, according to Danilychev’s previous report.

The graph uses data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the daily average causes of death and compares them to statistics about the deadly bug.

As of early Friday, the US had more than 465,750 coronavirus cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 1.4 million cases have been reported globally.

In her graph, Danilychev — a palliative care specialist and clinical research investigator — uses a time-lapse feature that shows how the number of deaths from the illness each day has recently increased.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Yaron Steinbuch