Deaths per day, by cause of death (U.S.A.)
In February 2018, the most common cause of death in the United States was heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases. About 2,500 people died per day of cardiovascular illness.
The second leading cause of death is cancer, which was responsible for about 1,600 deaths per day in the month of February.
Another significant group of causes of death is respiratory disease, like bronchitis, emphysema, or asthma.
Influenza and pneumonia, often compared to COVID-19, together killed about 300 people per day.
Drug overdoses were responsible for about 167 people dying per day.
On February 29, the first American COVID-19 related death was reported.
Only a few COVID-19 related deaths were recorded per day for the following three weeks. COVID-19 remained a rare cause of death.
On March 19, COVID-19 ranked among the top 20 causes of death in the United States for the first time.
By March 21, COVID-19 was killing 110 people per day, about as many people as car accidents, Parkinson's disease, or accidental falls.
On March 25, COVID-19 was responsible for more deaths than the flu or pneumonia, drug overdose, or suicide.
On March 26, COVID-19 reached the top 5 causes of death in the United States, surpassing diabetes.
On March 29th, COVID-19 surpassed Alzheimer's disease and lower respiratory diseases, becoming the third leading cause of death.
COVID-19 remained the third leading cause of daily deaths from the end of March until April 7.
On April 8, COVID-19 killed 1,906 people in one day, becoming the second leading cause of death.
For the first time, on April 15th, COVID-19 killed 2,408 Americans— more than any other cause of death in the United States.
The next day, on April 16th, that number more than doubled to 4,928 deaths.