This disease was the underlying cause of death or a contributing cause of death for an estimated 11.3 percent of 3,358,814 deaths in the United States last year.
Only heart disease and cancer killed more Americans in 2020, and the national age-adjusted death rate increased by 15.9 percent last year.
In this week, fears of COVID-19's fourth wave loom in the U.S. amid nationwide cases spike. Infections in New York, Connecticut, Louisiana, and 24 states are up by double digits in the last week compared to the week before.
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"We're seeing the increase in transmission in young kids, primarily in the upper Midwest, in the Northeast right now. But that's just a matter of time before we see it go throughout the entire United States," the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy Director Michael Osterholm told CBS Evening News.
"Unfortunately, we are going to see a rise in pediatric hospitalizations and serious illness," he added.
As of Friday morning, the United States had reported 31,259,758 COVID-19 cases and 566,772 related death. These figures keep this country as the nation with the highest number of infections in the world.
During a coronavirus briefing on Monday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky urged the population to keep following public health guidelines.
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