America has suffered 300,000 non-Covid excess deaths since 2020 trends now
The US has suffered nearly 300,000 more deaths than usual in the past three years of the pandemic that cannot be attributed to Covid, with researchers blaming lockdowns and delays to healthcare.
The latest official data shows there were 1.26million excess deaths between February 2020 and the end of 2022, of which around 295,000 did not have Covid on their death certificates. These are mostly made up of surges in deaths from cancer, heart disease, drug overdoses and firearms over the past three years.
Dr Steve Hanke, an economist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, told DailyMail.com that the lockdowns had devastating economic effects with little benefits to the nation's overall health.
Dr Coady Wing a health policy expert from Indiana University, told DailyMail.com that these pandemic mandates kept people who needed care the most away from the doctor's office - potentially costing thousands of lives.
The official death toll due to Covid-19 per the CDC is nearly 1.1 million, but that does not include associated deaths such as fatal overdoses during lockdowns
The United States has suffered a larger increase in deaths than many other nations, including Sweden, which famously opted against Covid lockdown measures
Data from nearly every country that instituted lockdowns in Spring 2020 shows a start increase in deaths from other causes such as heart disease, cancer, and other common ailments.
Leading experts in the UK have suggested that up to 3,000 Britons die each week because of the disruptions to everyday life caused by the country's strict lockdowns, for example.
The nation logged 2,837 excess deaths during the week ending on January 13, with only five percent being attributable to Covid.
Some experts believe the recent increase in other causes of death around Britain would have been avoided without the strict lockdowns.
According to the CDC, the United States has suffered 1,265,751 excess deaths between February 1, 2020 and December 31, 2022.
The US never entered a national lockdown; instead, the federal government left pandemic decisions to state, county and city-level officials.
While some states, such as California and New York, enacted strict mandates, others, such as Florida and Texas avoided state-level orders altogether.
Dr Coady Wing (pictured), a health policy expert from Indiana University, said it is hard to determine how many lives the lockdown actually saved
Even after many of these orders were dropped, many clinics shifted primarily to telehealth services rather than in-person doctor visits. Availability of in-person doctor services was limited in some parts of America.
Both out of fear of the virus and to avoid over-burdening healthcare systems, many Americans also decided to put off visits to the doctor themselves.
This combined to cause a surge of deaths during the pandemic caused by factors outside of the virus.
A study published last year by researchers at the Dartmouth Institute, in New Hampshire, found a 22 percent increase in Alzheimer's death in the pandemic's first year.
In a 2022 study, CDC researchers found that heart disease deaths increased by four percent in 2020, representing 'about five years of lost progress' in the fight against America's leading killer, agency researchers wrote.
These jumps in deaths were primarily caused by Americans missing doctors' appointments and skipping out on medical treatment because of restrictions.
In October, Dr Engy Ziedan, an economist from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Dr Coady Wing a health policy expert from Indiana University, published research looking into how these lockdowns impacted death figures.