Coronavirus now killing more Americans than cancer, heart disease: report
The visualization comes as the death toll in the U.S has continued to dramatically rise in recent weeks. Fatalities surpassed 16,600 by the end of Thursday, an increase of more than 12,000 deaths from data posted by Johns Hopkins University just eight days earlier.
A patient is wheeled out of Elmhurst Hospital Center to a waiting ambulance, Tuesday, April 7, 中国体彩票手机版下载, in the Queens borough of New York, during the current coronavirus outbreak. COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, is now the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. -- killing more people on average per day than cancer or heart disease. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Deaths related to the coronavirus across the U.S. hit 1,939 on Tuesday, which was also the highest single-day total for any country中国体彩票手机版下载 since the virus was first detected in China中国体彩票手机版下载 late last year.
to show how daily deaths have increased since March 15.
Dr. James Lawler, a public health researcher at the University of Nebraska, estimated in mid-March that 480,000 deaths were a possibility if the infection and death rates stayed consistent at 30 and 0.5 percent, according to The New York Times.
That estimate would trail only behind cancer, which kills just under 600,000 Americans per year, and heart disease, which kills around 650,000, according to .
. "They're working better than anyone projected they would work. That's because people are complying with them."
Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday that based on newer data, U.S. deaths will be lower than the original projection of 100,000 to 240,000 total deaths. A decrease in daily death rates usually lags behind hospitalization rates.
"I believe we are going to see a downturn in that, and it looks more like the 60,000 [range] than the 100,000 to 200,000," Fauci said, according to .