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The pandemic also disrupted medical care and had an indirect effect on other causes of death.
Cancer-related deaths climbed 3.2% from 2019 to 2020, the first year of COVID-19, a new report shows.
Researchers calculate that more than 46,000 children have lost one or both parents to COVID since February 2020.
Coronavirus killed more Americans in the past year than any cause of death in 2019, other than heart disease and cancer.
Estimates show that more than 300,000 people died of COVID-19 in 2020.
COVID-19 has overwhelmed morgues, funeral homes and religious leaders, required ingenuity and even changed the rituals of honoring the dead.
At least 2,900 health workers have died since the pandemic began. Many were minorities with the highest levels of patient contact.
About 70% of employees who contracted the coronavirus in these work settings were Hispanic.
Black patients are more likely to require hospitalization, while Asian patients are at greater risk of dying in the hospital.
Crowded households and lack of insurance contribute to a greater risk of coronavirus cases and deaths in predominantly Black counties.
Some patients are developing heart problems and dying of cardiac arrest.
Experts are calling on the CDC to release data on how COVID-19 impacts patients by race.
Families seek help for having these kind of discussions amid the COVID-19 pandemic
As more cases arise, the CDC reminds the general public that immediate risk is still low.
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