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Coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths per day compared to all causes U.S. 2021

As of January 20, 2021, an average of around 1,133 people per day have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. since the first case was confirmed in the country on January 20th the year before. On an average day, nearly 8,000 people die from all causes in the United States, based on data from 2019. Based on the latest information, one in seven deaths each day can be attributed to COVID-19 between January 2020 and January 2021. However, there were even days when more than every second death in the U.S. was connected to COVID-19. The daily death toll from seasonal flu, using preliminary maximum estimates from the 2019-2020 influenza season, stood at an average of around 332 people.

Symptoms and self-isolation

COVID-19 and influenza share similar symptoms – a cough, runny nose, and tiredness – and telling the difference between the two can be difficult. If you have minor symptoms, there is no need to seek urgent medical care, but it is recommended that you self-isolate for around 14 days. However, if you think you have the disease, a diagnostic test can show if you have an active infection.

Scientists alert to coronavirus mutations

The genetic material of the novel coronavirus is RNA, not DNA. Other notable human diseases caused by RNA viruses include SARS, Ebola, and influenza. A continual problem that vaccine developers encounter is that viruses can mutate, and a treatment developed against a certain virus type may not work on a mutated form. The seasonal flu vaccine, for example, is different each year because influenza viruses are frequently mutating, and it is critical that those genetic changes continue to be tracked.

Daily number of coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths compared to influenza and all causes in the United States as of January 20, 2021*

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Release date

January 2021


United States

Survey time period

as of January 20, 2021

Supplementary notes

* All values were calculated based on provided data by the sources.
** Assuming the duration of the flu season from October 1 to April 4 (approx. 24,000 to 62,000 deaths in 187 days - for this statistic the maximum estimation was used), according to CDC.

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