Coronavirus Is The No. 3 Cause of Death in The U.S., After Heart Disease and Cancer

The novel coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease COVID-19, has become the No. 3 cause of death in the U.S., following heart disease and cancer.

According to a new graph published by Dr. Maria Danilychev, who practices in San Diego, COVID-19 has moved past accidents, chronic lung disease, strokes, Alzheimer's, diabetes, flu and pneumonia, and kidney disease as the third most likely cause of death in the U.S.

The graph uses data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the daily average cause of death and compares this with COVID-19 statistics from According to the graph, 748 people per day die from COVID-19 in the U.S., compared with 1,641 cancer deaths and 1,774 heart disease fatalities.

The graph comes at a time when the coronavirus continues to run rampant throughout the U.S. and the world. According to a Johns Hopkins University tracker, there are over 877,000 confirmed coronavirus cases globally and at least 189,633 cases in the U.S.

The virus has also caused over 4,000 deaths in the U.S., with over 700 a day, according to the graph.

The graph uses a time-lapse feature to show how the number of coronavirus deaths in the U.S. continued to rise as the virus spread more rapidly. From March 1 to 18, the virus caused the least amount of daily deaths in the nation. The graph then shows that on March 21 the number of daily COVID-19 deaths began to spike.

In just three days, from March 20 to 24, daily deaths increased from about 46 to 247. After that, the number of daily deaths continued to increase, and on March 31 COVID-19 became the No. 3 leading cause of daily deaths in the U.S.

The New York Times recently published a similar graph, showing how many deaths the coronavirus could cause over the next year, with a 30 percent infection rate and .5 percent fatality rate.

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A temporary hospital is built on the East Meadow lawn in New York's Central Park on March 31. Noam Galai/Getty

This graph estimates that with these percentages, the coronavirus could cause over 500,000 deaths over the course of the year, behind cancer, which causes 599,274 deaths a year, and heart disease, which causes 655,381.

This graph also allows the user to change the fatality and infection rate. If the fatality rate is increased to 1 percent, the number of coronavirus deaths over the course of the year could surpass both cancer and heart disease, with 956,000 fatalities estimated.

While these graphs and statistics show the number of deaths caused by the coronavirus, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, over 7,000 people have recovered from the virus in the U.S. Over 185,000 people have recovered worldwide.