Letters

I, and hopefully the reader, am curious about how the number of COVID deaths compares to the number of other deaths in the United States. Specifically, I want to compare deaths to other health related deaths in the U.S.

Don’t you find it strange that the news media likes to compare COVID deaths to the number of deaths in this war, that war, or these wars combined?

Why aren’t they comparing COVID deaths to other health related deaths?

Perhaps because the number is not as alarming and catastrophic?

Don’t get me wrong, COVID-19 is serious and some of the people who survive have had a tough go of it. However, I thought it would help to put a health death perspective on this.

The following are final death totals from the CDC for 2017:

Total number of deaths: 2,813,503.

Heart disease: 647,457.

Cancer: 599,108.

Accidents: 169,201.

Stroke: 146,383.

Alzheimer’s: 121,404.

Diabetes: 83,564.

Influenza and Pneumonia: 55,672.

Kidney disease: 50,633.

Suicide: 47,173.

I also suspect some fraction of our COVID deaths are ones that occurred with the disease instead of because of it.

Editor’s note: As of Oct. 10, 2020, when this letter was submitted, U.S. deaths from COVID-19 this year were 216,000.

David Matthews

Crystal River