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Dec 06, 2020

Cardiac Arrest, Cancer, and COVID-19

Cardiac Arrest, Cancer, and COVID-19 will be the top causes of death in the United States in 2020. All are recognized to disproportionately impact older populations, but all also claim a significant number of young lives every day. We collected figures to compare the mortality of these ailments by age group.
At less than 40 years of age, Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death. In 2020, it is expected to claim 7 times more lives than Cancer, and 68 times more lives than COVID-19. Overall, our models show that 1 in every 3,700 people under the age of 40 will die from one of these three ailments in 2020. 
At greater than 80 years of age, 1 in 30 people will have passed from one of these ailments in 2020, and the likelihood of death from each is approximately the same.
Projected 2020 mortality rates by age/cause:
Less than 40 years of age
  • 1 in 4,300 will die from Cardiac Arrest
  • 1 in 30,200 will die from Cancer
  • 1 in 292,800 will die from COVID-19
40-60 years of age
  • 1 in 700 will die from Cardiac Arrest
  • 1 in 1,400 will die from Cancer
  • 1 in 3,400 will die from COVID-19
60-80 years of age
  • 1 in 400 will die from Cardiac Arrest
  • 1 in 200 will die from Cancer
  • 1 in 700 will die from COVID-19
More than 80 years of age
  • 1 in 100 will die from Cardiac Arrest
  • 1 in 100 will die from Cancer
  • 1 in 100 will die from COVID-19
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