US leads 19 nations in COVID-19, all-cause death rates | CIDRAP

The authors concluded that COVID-19 deaths and excess deaths from any cause in the United States likely were due to a poor pandemic response rather than an early surge of coronavirus cases before virus prevention and treatment methods were improved.

“Compared with other countries, the US experienced high COVID-19–associated mortality and excess all-cause mortality into September 2020,” the authors wrote. “After the first peak in early spring, US death rates from COVID-19 and from all causes remained higher than even countries with high COVID-19 mortality. This may have been a result of several factors, including weak public health infrastructure and a decentralized, inconsistent US response to the pandemic.”

Source: US leads 19 nations in COVID-19, all-cause death rates | CIDRAP