The CDC posts each data set used in those calculations separately on the web, meaning that agents and advisors can adjust for state death reporting delays by comparing sets of CDC mortality data posted at the same point in each year.
COVID-19 vs. Flu
State-level mortality figures tend to take about four to five weeks to firm up, and cause-of-death figures may take even longer to gel. But the latest epidemic threshold chart data set, which was posted Friday, suggests that physicians are still listing COVID-19 as a cause of death much more often than they are listing flu as the cause of death.
The CDC recorded a total of about 240,000 COVID-19 in 2022 and only 7,819 flu deaths for the year, even though the flu death total soared above 700 per week during every week in December 2022, according to the CDC epidemic threshold chart data set.
Total excess deaths spiked in January and remained significantly higher than before the COVID-19 pandemic started for the rest of the year. (Photo: Ross Todd/ALM)