The U.S. crude death rate (mortality from all causes) still remains near multi-year lows despite COVID-19. The CDC tracks deaths attributed to the flu, pneumonia, and all causes on this website.
You can download the data as verify for yourself: Just go to this CDC website and click the green ‘downloads’ button. They have complete data for total U.S. deaths up until week 14 (week ending April 5th, 2020).
On April 5th, the U.S. saw 1,344 COVID-19 deaths, as the number of cases in the U.S. accelerated. The overall number of deaths in the U.S., or the crude death rate did not show a correlated rise.
At the very least, this data shows we need to analyze COVID-19 deaths in the context of the broader U.S. mortality rate from all causes. It appears normal deaths are being attributed to COVID-19 if the patient is COVID-19+, even if another underlying chronic cause is responsible.
For The Week Ending April 5, 2020
- – There were 49,292 deaths (all causes) in the week ending April 5th, 2020 – see how this number compares to the weekly number since 2013 in the graph below.
- – 14.92 deaths per 100,000 people in the week ending April 5th, 2020 – see how this number compares to the weekly number since 2013 in the graph below.
In Perspective: The Number of Weekly U.S. Deaths (All Causes) Since 2013
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In Perspective: Weekly U.S. Death Rate (All Causes) Since 2103
We used the CDC weekly death data to calculate the death rate (weekly deaths per 100,000 people using the population of the U.S. for the year in question). If you are having trouble viewing the graph below on mobile, view the standalone graph.
We will update as the CDC updates.