More claims COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t led to more deaths than usual

A video is being widely shared on various social media platforms, claiming there has been no increase in deaths among older adults in the U.S. in 2020, compared to previous years. This false claim is used to shed doubt on the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a recent report released by the CDC, the age-adjusted death rate increased for the first time since 2017 and was 16% higher in 2020 than in 2019. COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in the U.S., with older adults among groups with the highest COVID-19 death rates.

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