EYECARE: Coronavirus BRIEFING: The Latest COVID-19 Data Covid-19 Was America's Third Leading Cause of Death in 2020 By Staff Wednesday, April 7, 2021 4:21 PM The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released provisional mortality data showing that Covid-19 was the third leading cause of death in the U.S. last year, according to Statista.com. Two reports were part of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report which found that there were 3,358,814 deaths in the U.S. in 2020 and that the age-adjusted death rate was 828.7 deaths per 100,000 of the population, a 15.9 percent increase over 2019. Covid-19 was listed as the underlying cause of 345,323 deaths. That makes it the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer which were associated with 690,882 and 598,932 deaths in 2020, respectively. Further causes of death in the U.S. last year include unintentional injuries (192,176), strokes (159,050) and chronic respiratory diseases (151,637). Click here to read the full story from Statista.com.