Thursday, January 13, 2022

Northeast Fares Best Amid 2021 Prime Age Mortality Spike

Amidst a dramatic increase in young-to-middle age deaths in 2021, the South, Midwest, and the West Coast were hit the hardest, while the northeastern states generally saw much milder spikes.

Deaths among people aged 18 to 49 increased more than 40 percent in the 12 months ending October 2021 compared to the same period in 2018–2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, based on death certificate data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The agency doesn’t yet have full 2021 numbers, as death certificate data trickles in with a lag of one to eight weeks or more.

The increase was notable across the country and in no state was COVID reported in more than 60 percent of the excess deaths. Some states experienced much steeper hikes than others.