January 12, 2021, Vol 325, No. 2, Pages 105-195
COVID-19 as the Leading Cause of Death in the United States
Steven H. Woolf, MD, MPH; Derek A. Chapman, PhD; Jong Hyung Lee, MS
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JAMA. 2021;325(2):123-124. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.24865
This Viewpoint uses CDC data to compare the COVID-19 mortality rate in 2020 with prior leading causes of death (heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and injury) to put into context the cost of the infection in loss of life in the United States.