Who is still dying of COVID-19? 5 findings


Provisional CDC data shows COVID-19 deaths have fallen 90 percent since peaking in January, but the virus is still killing hundreds of people each day in the U.S., according to a June 10 analysis from The New York Times.

To explore which groups are still dying from the virus, the Times reviewed CDC data on COVID-19 deaths from Dec. 5, 2020, to May 22.

Five findings:

1. About half of COVID-19 deaths involve people ages 50 to 74, up from one-third in December.

2. During the pandemic's peak last winter, people who were white and age 75 or older accounted for more than half of all deaths. Now, this group accounts for less than a third.

3. Middle-aged adults of all racial groups account for a higher proportion of deaths now than in December.

4. White adults age 75 and older, and Asian people under 30 saw the steepest declines in deaths since Dec. 5. 

5. Current deaths mainly involve people who haven't been vaccinated, either by choice or due to barriers such as a lack of access, according to Krutika Kuppalli, MD, an infectious disease expert at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. 

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