This updated issue brief examines COVID-19’s effect on mortality rates, and estimates that in February 2022, COVID-19 remained among the leading causes of death in the U.S. It was the number one cause of death for people age 45-84, and in the top four causes for all age groups except children under age 5.

The analysis can be found on the Peterson-KFF Health System Tracker, an information hub dedicated to monitoring and assessing the performance of the U.S. health system.

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