COVID-19 will continue to be a leading cause of death in the United States

President Biden said the pandemic was over during an interview last Saturday, but COVID-19 remains one of the leading causes of death in the US. An average of 500 Americans die each day from the virus, and experts predict the disease will remain a leading cause of death. indefinitely, despite the optimism that the real danger is behind us.

According to NBC News, COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in 2020, after heart disease and cancer. Preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts that last year’s ranking will remain the same. Since April of this year, deaths from COVID-19 have remained steady at a weekly average of 300 to 500 per day, which would put the annual death rate between 113,000 and 188,000 Americans in 2022 .That would put deaths from COVID-19 on a par with Alzheimer’s, chronic lower respiratory diseases and stroke.

By comparison, the flu kills between 12,000 and 52,000 people annually, according to the CDC. Flu and pneumonia combined were the ninth leading cause of death in 2020, falling from the top 10 last year. Experts say the use of masks and social distancing helped reduce the number of flu cases since the pandemic began.

“It’s likely, when we think about the causes of death in our society, that COVID is on the list probably forever,” said Dr. Robert M. Wachter, a renowned expert on COVID-19 and professor and chair of the Department of Medicine from the University of California, San Francisco. Wachter announced that while he is finally willing to ditch his mask to eat indoors, saying that the the pandemic is over it is a “judgment call”.

“Clearly the threat is much lower than it was, people have the means to keep themselves fairly safe, and at some point we have to move from an emergency situation to a sustainable long-term strategy,” he said. Experts believe that COVID-19 is likely to remain on the list of the 10 most common causes of death for the foreseeable future, despite vaccines, boosters and treatments, NBC News said.

But statisticians at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), a University of Washington research organization that models deaths from COVID-19, predict that deaths will decline over the next two months.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if we had a similar magnitude of deaths from COVID to what we have from influenza,” said Dr. Chris Murray, director of the IHME. And Wachter added that some of the deaths documented now are not directly caused by COVID-19 but the result of other diseases.

“Having filled out hundreds of death certificates in my life, I know that some of these deaths are ‘with’ instead of ‘for’ COVID,” he said. IHME experts say deaths could drop further if people continue to wear masks. Wachter said the United States could cut the death toll in half if more people took advantage of vaccines, boosters or treatments.

And many believe that Biden’s comment about the end of the pandemic was premature.

“If we were to see the number of deaths from COVID up to what we see annually from influenza, somewhere in the range of 20,000 a year, we will say that the pandemic is clearly over,” said Dr. Eric. Toner, a senior scientist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

And on Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, tempered Biden’s statement that the pandemic is over, according to Kaiser Health News.

“We’re not where we need to be if we’re going to quote ‘live with the virus’ because we know we’re not going to eradicate it,” he said. Fauci added that we are unlikely to eliminate COVID-19 from the United States or the rest of the world because it is highly transmissible and immunity from infection or the vaccine is transient.

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