Lockdowns Led To 300,000 Excess, Non-COVID Deaths

Lockdowns Led To 300,000 Excess, Non-COVID Deaths
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA  - MAY 01:  Activists hold signs and protest the California lockdown due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on May 01, 2020 in San Diego, California.  The protesters demands included opening small businesses, churches as well as support for President Trump. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The United States has suffered nearly 300,000 more deaths than usual in more than two years of the pandemic that cannot be attributed to Covid, with researchers blaming lockdowns and delays to healthcare.
  • Latest official data shows there were 1.26 million excess deaths between February 2020 and the end of 2022, of which around 295,000 did not have Covid as their main cause of death on their death certificates.
  • These are thought to be mostly made up of surges in deaths from cancer, heart disease, drug overdoses and firearms during the pandemic, however, a full analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is still likely weeks away.
  • A recent study found that there are 7,000 excess deaths in the U.S. weekly.

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