“COVID-19 Claimed to Be Number One Cause of Death in America”
According to an editorial published Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, COVID-19 is now the leading cause of death in the United States. Current daily mortality rates to show that COVID-19 has now surpassed heart disease and cancer as the leading daily cause of death in the U.S. Heart disease and cancer, which have been the leading causes of death for decades, cause approximately 1,700 and 1,600 deaths per day, respectively. But since November, the weekly average for daily COVID-19 deaths has tripled, from 826 to 2,430 deaths per day. One American is dying of COVID-19 every 40 seconds now. Steven Woolf, M.D., director emeritus of VCU’s Center on Society and Health, said “It’s a tragic milestone we could’ve prevented. Looking ahead offers the hope of the vaccine, but it’s not coming fast enough to save the people who are dying now.” Woolf also said, “It’s urgent for Americans to get serious about wearing masks, social distancing and avoiding large gatherings, or else we’re going to see more alarming numbers and COVID-19 will remain a leading cause of death for far too long.” Personally, I feel we have been given these directives to create a false sense of security.