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Death certificate data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show excess deaths increased by more than 40% among Americans 18 to 49 years old during a 12-month period ending in October of 2021, and that COVID caused only about 42% of those deaths.

Death certificate data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show excess deaths increased by more than 40% among Americans 18 to 49 years old during a 12-month period ending in October of 2021, and that COVID caused only about 42% of those deaths.

Excess deaths are defined as the difference between the observed number of deaths during a specific time frame and the expected number of deaths during that same period.

State-level data for the same 12-month period also show increases. For example, in Nevada, excess deaths were as high as 65%, with COVID accounting for only 36%.

The District of Columbia saw an even greater increase than Nevada — 72% — with COVID not being a factor in any of the deaths.

Increases in excess deaths were most noticeable in the Midwest and western and southern states, while states seeing the lowest increases were primarily from the Northeast.

On the low side, New Hampshire was the only state to see no increase in excess deaths for the 18 to 49 age group, nor did it record any COVID deaths among that group.

Other states on the high end include:

  • Texas: 61% rise, 58% COVID-attributed
  • Arizona: 57%, 37%
  • Tennessee: 57%, 33%
  • California: 55%, 42%
  • New Mexico: 52%, 33%
  • Florida: 51%, 48%
  • Louisiana: 51%, 32%

States reporting a lower number of excess deaths were:

  • Delaware: 10% rise, 0% COVID-attributed
  • Massachusetts: 13%, 24%
  • Maryland: 16%, 42%
  • Connecticut: 17%, 23%
  • Hawaii: 17%, 45%
  • New Jersey: 17%, 58%

According to The Epoch Times, which investigated and reported on the CDC data:

“CDC data on the exact causes of those excess deaths aren’t yet available for 2021, aside from those involving COVID, pneumonia and influenza. There were close to 6,000 excess pneumonia deaths that didn’t involve COVID-19 in the 18-49 age group in the 12 months ending October 2021.

“Influenza was only involved in 50 deaths in this age group, down from 550 in the same period pre-pandemic. The flu death count didn’t exclude those that also involved COVID or pneumonia, the CDC noted.”

The CDC data also show an increase of 27% in excess deaths in the 50 to 84 age group and 12% for those 85 and older.

This data are in line with insurance data from Indiana, revealed last month by Scott Davison, CEO of Indianapolis-based insurance company OneAmerica.

During an online news conference, Davison said there was a 40% rise in the death rate among working-age people 18 to 64 years old in Indiana. He also said COVID was not the leading cause of those deaths.

Davison said he saw the rise in death rates starting in the third quarter of last year, continuing into the fourth quarter. He said it was “the highest … we have seen in the history of this business,” and he added that a “one-in-200-year catastrophe would be a 10% increase over pre-pandemic” excess deaths in that age group.

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