CDC Finds that 94% of US COVID-19 Deaths Include Comorbid Factors

Posted on 09/02/2020


The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 94% of COVID-19 fatalities from February 1, 2020 through August 22, 2020 included some comorbid factors. The CDC data details that people with pre-existing conditions are more likely to have severe effects, require hospitalization, or die from the coronavirus. Heart diseases also appear to play comorbid factors. According to the CDC, nearly 8 in 10 COVID-19 fatalities in the U.S. involved someone 65 or older.

“For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death,” the report said.

When someone dies, usually a doctor or clinician will list an immediate cause of death for a state health department’s records.

CDC Link: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid_weekly/index.htm?fbclid=IwAR3-wrg3tTKK5-9tOHPGAHWFVO3DfslkJ0KsDEPQpWmPbKtp6EsoVV2Qs1Q

Table 1. Deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), pneumonia, and influenza reported to NCHS by sex and age group. United States. Week ending 2/1/2020 to 8/22/2020

Sex Age group All Deaths involving COVID-19 (U07.1)1 Deaths from All Causes Deaths involving Pneumonia, with or without COVID-19, excluding Influenza deaths Deaths involving COVID-19 and Pneumonia, excluding Influenza All Deaths involving Influenza, with or without COVID-19 or Pneumonia Deaths involving Pneumonia, Influenza, or COVID-19 Population 5
        (J12.0-J18.9)2 (U07.1 and J12.0-J18.9)2 (J09-J11)3 (U07.1 or J09-J18.9)4  
Total                
  All ages 164,280 1,778,821 169,108 72,527 6,640 266,520 327,167,434
  Under 1 year 17 9,835 89 2 16 120 3,848,208
  1-4 years 12 1,909 66 2 41 117 15,962,067
  5-14 years 28 2,935 93 8 51 164 41,075,169
  15-24 years 280 18,594 375 95 52 608 42,970,800
  25-34 years 1,257 38,503 1,421 554 150 2,260 45,697,774
  35-44 years 3,301 54,563 3,158 1,435 246 5,241 41,277,888
  45-54 years 8,648 100,926 8,138 3,938 575 13,319 41,631,699
  55-64 years 20,655 231,983 21,857 9,780 1,234 33,745 42,272,636
  65-74 years 34,980 351,806 37,163 16,503 1,436 56,843 30,492,316
  75-84 years 43,392 430,582 46,174 19,797 1,465 71,033 15,394,374
  85 years and over 51,710 537,185 50,574 20,413 1,374 83,070 6,544,503
Males                
  All ages 88,716 368,276 33,635 8,785 2,989 2,990 161,128,679
  Under 1 year 12 5,456 58 2 8 76 1,968,505
  1-4 years 6 1,118 32 1 25 62 8,163,697
  5-14 years 20 1,743 49 7 23 85 20,974,830
  15-24 years 177 13,764 233 60 27 374 21,976,455
  25-34 years 844 27,147 889 372 76 1,428 23,210,709
  35-44 years 2,270 35,953 2,017 990 132 3,406 20,587,600
  45-54 years 5,933 63,494 5,099 2,716 341 8,585 20,541,202
  55-64 years 13,523 142,958 13,360 6,357 701 21,077 20,398,863
  65-74 years 21,606 204,639 22,327 10,251 801 34,330 14,246,085
  75-84 years 23,840 223,913 25,830 11,168 729 39,117 6,735,040
  85 years and over 20,485 207,353 22,492 8,898 561 34,556 2,325,693
Females                
  All ages 75,560 851,206 76,717 31,701 3,215 123,418 166,038,755
  Under 1 year 5 4,365 31 0 8 44 1,879,703
  1-4 years 6 791 34 1 16 55 7,798,370
  5-14 years 8 1,192 44 1 28 79 20,100,339
  15-24 years 103 4,829 142 35 25 234 20,994,345
  25-34 years 413 11,354 532 182 74 832 22,487,065
  35-44 years 1,031 18,607 1,141 445 114 1,835 20,690,288
  45-54 years 2,714 37,429 3,038 1,221 234 4,733 21,090,497
  55-64 years 7,132 89,018 8,496 3,423 532 12,666 21,873,773
  65-74 years 13,373 147,156 14,835 6,251 635 22,512 16,246,231
  75-84 years 19,551 206,656 20,343 8,628 736 31,915 8,659,334
  85 years and over 31,224 329,809 28,081 11,514 813 48,513 4,218,810

NOTE: Number of deaths reported in this table are the total number of deaths received and coded as of the date of analysis and do not represent all deaths that occurred in that period. Counts of death occurring before or after the reporting period are not included in the table.

*Data during this period are incomplete because of the lag in time between when the death occurred and when the death certificate is completed, submitted to NCHS and processed for reporting purposes. This delay can range from 1 week to 8 weeks or more, depending on the jurisdiction and cause of death.

1. Deaths with confirmed or presumed COVID-19, coded to ICD–10 code U07.1
2. Counts of deaths involving pneumonia include pneumonia deaths that also involve COVID-19 and exclude pneumonia deaths involving influenza.
3. Counts of deaths involving influenza include deaths with pneumonia or COVID-19 also listed as a cause of death.
4. Deaths with confirmed or presumed COVID-19, pneumonia, or influenza, coded to ICD–10 codes U07.1 or J09–18.9.
5. Population is based on 2018 postcensal estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau

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