Covid was to blame for just 1 percent of weekly deaths from all causes across the US in the most recent week, CDC data shows.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Covid dashboard shows 324 Covid deaths were registered in the week ending August 19 – making up just 1.7 percent of the overall fatalities that week.
For comparison, the virus was behind one in three deaths from all causes at America’s pandemic peak in 2021. Of course we know know that over 80% of the so called covid deaths back then were actually from other causes. Covid was being added as cause of death to people with many other serious comorbidities.
The percentage of Covid deaths in the week ending Aug. 19 represents a slight increase from the previous week and continues a five-week upward trend, but is a drastic decline from the peak of the pandemic, when 30 percent of deaths listed Covid as a cause.
The dashboard shows Washington, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, Maryland and New York all have higher rates of deaths due to Covid. Maryland and Florida have the highest, at 3.4 percent.
Washington, Tennessee, North Carolina and New York all hover around 2 percent.
Data also shows the death rate is slightly higher among women than men, and death rates are highest in people 75 years and older.
The new Covid data will be reassuring at a time when panic is rising across the US as highly transmissible new Covid variants circulate, leading to more infections and hospitalizations and causing the reimplementation of some Covid mandates.