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Of the widely reported COVID related fatalities in the United States, only 6% list COVID as the “only cause” of death. In the remaining 94% of cases, COVID is just one of up to two or three other causes or conditions that lead to death.

These figures were reported Aug. 26 on the CDC website. They cover statistics up to Aug. 22 and list 161,392 COVID deaths across the country.

On average, each of these COVID fatalities contained 2.6 additional causes of death. These include the flu, various preexisting respiratory diseases, high blood pressure, heart attacks, circulatory problems, cancer, diabetes, kidney failure, bodily injuries, poisonings, and many other causes. Less than 9,700 of the reported 161,392 COVID fatalities cite the virus as the sole cause of death.

Here are some of the most common comorbidities associated with reported COVID deaths.

  • Hypertensive Diseases (high blood pressure): 35,272
  • Cardiac Arrest: 20,210
  • Renal failure (kidney failure): 13,693
  • Injury, poisoning and other adverse events: 5,133
  • Sepsis (infections): 14,053

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Only 6% of COVID fatalities list virus as ‘only cause’ of death

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.