Monday Update

Excess Deaths From COVID-19 and Other Causes
in the US, March 1, 2020, to January 2, 202

District of Columbia and 49 states, (North Carolina, insufficient data)

Total US deaths, 2,801,439 deaths

22.9% more than expected

Representing 522 368 excess deaths

(CoViD US official deaths 5th April = 553,681)

Deaths attributed to COVID-19 accounted for 72.4% of US excess deaths

The excess death rate was higher among

Non-Hispanic Black, 208.4 deaths per 100,000

Non-Hispanic White, 157 per 100,000

Hispanic populations, 139.8 per 100 000

Non-Hispanic Black, 16.9% of all deaths (12.5% of population)

The 10 states with the highest per capita rate of excess deaths

Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Arizona, Alabama, Louisiana, South Dakota, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Ohio. 

Increase in mortality from non–COVID-19 causes

Heart disease 

Alzheimer disease/dementia


Learning from Excess Pandemic Deaths

Individual present-centeredness is mirrored in the larger society

Morbidity may be responsible for as much as 40% of the health costs of COVID-19

Corresponding economic loss—estimated as high as $16 trillion in the US

90% of the gross domestic product

This indicates potential savings in preparing for the next pandemic

The US and other countries are most likely to learn from the pandemic if they understand the consequences of failure

1918 populations

Global, 1.8 billion (2.7%)

US, 103 million

UK, 42 million