December 21, 2021

As U.S. Passes 800,000 Virus Deaths, 1 of Every 100 Older Americans Has Died

With the United States now having lost more than 800,000 lives due to the coronavirus, new data has uncovered a grim trend among those most likely to be affected: one out of every 100 Americans over the age of 65 has died from COVID-19, accounting for nearly 75% of the country’s total coronavirus deaths. Also deeply concerning, Covid has become the third leading cause of death among Americans aged 65 and older, after heart disease and cancer.

Although seniors are the most vaccinated age group in the nation, the rate at which elderly people are dying from the virus has risen in the past two months. With experts warning of the spread of new variants, many seniors are isolating out of fear of the disease.

“The coronavirus pandemic has been devastating for America’s seniors, and we’re not out of the woods yet,” President Roach added. “With cases rising as we approach the holidays, we urge everyone to continue to follow the latest CDC guidance regarding vaccinations, boosters, social distancing and use of masks.”

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