Jon Barron
January 28, 2021

The first official death from COVID-19 was announced by President Trump on the last day of February 2020. Although we now know that people in the United States were actually dying weeks if not several months earlier, official record keeping of COVID deaths did not begin until the last day of February. What this means is that this coming March will mark the end of the first year of recorded deaths for COVID in the U.S. This is important since, if you want to compare the impact of COVID to other causes of death in the U.S., you need to calculate its impact over 12 months as all other causes of death are calculated. An apples-to-apples thing. For COVID, then, we’re essentially talking about using the numbers from March 1, 2020, to February 28, 2021.
That said, and despite the December roll out of the first COVID vaccines, February is going to be a horrible month when it comes to COVID, with the one-year total for deaths blasting past 500,000, and the one-year total of people suffering from the long-term effects of COVID possibly hitting as high as 18 million if the latest research is correct (more on this later). This slots COVID solidly into the third spot for causes of death in the U.S., with accidents trailing far behind in the fourth position at 167,000 deaths. 1

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