2020 deadliest year in US history
This is the deadliest year in US history, with deaths expected to top 3 million for the first time - due mainly to the coronavirus pandemic.
Final mortality data for this year will not be available for months.
But preliminary numbers suggest that the US is on track to see more than 3.2 million deaths this year, or at least 400,000 more than in 2019.
US deaths increase most years, so some annual rise in fatalities is expected.
But the 2020 numbers amount to a jump of about 15percent, and could go higher once all the deaths from this month are counted.
That would mark the largest single-year percentage leap since 1918.
Life expectancy for 2019 rose by about six weeks to 78.8 years, but it could end up dropping as much as three full years in 2020, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The coronavirus pandemic has become the third leading cause of death, behind only heart disease and cancer.