Heart disease and cancer have long held the top two causes of death, 2021 and 2020 were no different, new data finds. According to the CDC’s recently released 2021 figures, these two health conditions claimed a combined 3.2 times more lives than COVID-19.
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COVID-19, listed as the underlying cause in 415,399 deaths during 2021, ranked as the third leading underlying cause of death after heart disease (693,021 deaths) and cancer (604,553 deaths).
Unintentional injury deaths were largely driven by drug overdose deaths, and likely contributed to the increased death rate in younger populations. In 2020, drug overdose death rates increased more for persons aged 15–64 years than for persons aged ≥65 years (7). (Ahmad et al 2021)
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