Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that there have been over one million excess deaths recorded since the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic started two years ago. Excess deaths refer to deaths in excess of historical average.
Reported deaths during that time were caused by heart disease, high blood pressure, dementia and many other diseases that are not associated with SARS-CoV-2. Researchers from the University of Warwick said that “the scale of excess non-COVID deaths is large enough for it to be seen as its own pandemic.”
Across the globe, the rise of death rates coincide with the vaccine rollout that started in December 2020. Deaths attributed to COVID-19 are consistently higher in areas with high vaccination rates. “We’ve never seen anything like it,” Robert Anderson, CDC’s head of mortality statistics, told the Washington Post in mid-February.
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