COVID third leading cause of death in U.S. in 2021
COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2021, according to provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
By the numbers: COVID-19 was the underlying cause for about 415,000 deaths in 2021, an increase of about 60,000 people. The virus was a contributing cause to an additional 45,000 deaths.
- It accounted for about 13% of all deaths in 2021, compared to about 10% in 2020.