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Deaths From COVID-19

JAMA. 2021;325(2):133-134. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.25381

In any year, keeping track of new health trends can be difficult. But this year, the dynamic nature of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has made clarity almost impossible. Declines in mortality, after daily COVID-19–related deaths peaked last spring, initially fueled hope that the worst was over. But following a summer increase in deaths, trends have accelerated even faster. This fall, a million new cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection, which previously had increased monthly, began appearing weekly; as of December 13, cumulative infections totaled more than 16 million in the United States.1 Meanwhile, the media regularly report a flood of statistics that can be difficult to contextualize.

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