COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, is now the deadliest disease in the United States, killing more people per day than cancer or heart disease. COVID-19 is the cause of 1,970 deaths in the U.S. per day.
Just last week, COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death, averaging around 748 deaths per day, but as the virus has continued to spread, the increase in daily deaths have followed. In comparison to COVID-19 fatalities, 1,774 deaths are attributed to heart disease and 1,641 to cancer.
On March 22, the virus’s daily death rate began to surge, passing flu and pneumonia, kidney disease, suicide, and liver disease. By the end of March, COVID-19 deaths per day were the third-highest.
— The Hill (@thehill) April 9, 2020