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Coronavirus: Third Leading Cause of Death in 2020

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention registered over 3.3 million deaths in 2020. This was the first year of the pandemic, and it marked the highest annual total of deaths the nation has ever recorded, with COVID-19 deaths contributing a significant number.

Among the top 10 causes of death included unintentional injuries (including drug overdoses) and diabetes. Paired with COVID-19, these increases factor into 2020’s record high deaths and a decrease in life expectancy (-1.8 years from 2019).

Although 2021 year-end findings are not yet available, COVID-19 fatalities are expected to remain a leading cause of death in the U.S. And with the emerging coronavirus Omicron variant, experts warn that the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to continue to have a major impact on Americans’ health.

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Erin Woulfe

Erin Woulfe

Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization, or providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”