In 2019, a total of 2,854,838 deaths were reported in the United States. In 2020, a total of 3,358,814 deaths were reported in the United States.  

When you place this substantial increase in mortality rates against the backdrop of the United States of America, a country that is being infiltrated with self-driving cars, drones that can deliver packages in under an hour after you hit that “order now” button, and generations of individuals who have never seen a payphone before, it begins to seem as though something does not add up.  

With all of these technological advances, one would assume that death rates would be substantially decreasing, not increasing in the United States. In fact, in the past, a decrease of death rates has been accompanied by an increase in technological advances; the United States experienced an unprecedented decline in mortality during the twentieth century. Furthermore, at the same time that mortality rates were decreasing, life expectancy at birth rose by more than 30 years in that same time period.  

In analyzing and questioning this data regarding the increasing mortality rates in the past two years, I have not forgotten the elephant in the room: the COVID-19 Pandemic. Surely, the pandemic could be the cause of the inclining death rates.  

But, according to Biden, his administration and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Covid-19 pandemic is not contributing to the increase of death rates in the United States: enter the COVID-19 Vaccine.   

In 2020, when the COVID-19 Vaccine began to roll out in the United States, Anthony Fauci came out to say that the purpose of the vaccine was not to block the virus, but to mitigate the symptoms of the virus. He confidently stated that the vaccine was 91.3% effective at “mitigating the symptoms” of COVID-19. This would mean fewer hospitalizations, and of course, fewer deaths.  

So, with both the COVID-19 Vaccine in mind, as well as the increase in technological advancements but this unexplained increase in mortality rates, we must critically think and thus arrive at three (maybe four) conclusions. Either the vaccine is really not that effective at “mitigating the symptoms” of COVID-19 and therefore is contributing greatly to the drastic increase of the United States death rate, the vaccine is actually killing, not saving, people, or, the technological advancements that our country has been welcoming with open arms are actually having a negative effect on our overall health. Or it’s a mix of all three. My thoughts are that it’s the ladder.  

Let’s first tackle the possibility that the COVID-19 Vaccine isn’t that effective after all; we’ll use California as an example. Seventy percent of the population of California double jabbed, or shall we say, “fully vaccinated.” In turn, since the Covid-19 Vaccination is 91.3% effective at mitigating the symptoms of the virus and mortality rates alike, the death rate of the population of California should be going down. However, that is not the case. The mortality rate in individuals residing in California aged 65 and older has not dropped at all. Most importantly the mortality rate in the age group of individuals residing in California aged 65 and under has risen by 42%. This increase in death rates amongst the under 65 population is not isolated and is occurring in neighboring states such as Neveda as well, where the population is 63% vaccinated.  

This data alone proves that either the vaccine is ineffective, or that not only is the vaccine ineffective, but it is killing people as well. It’s hard to turn a blind eye to actual data, but somehow, as Americans, we are doing just that. Afterall, as the great Dr. Anthony Fauci once said, “people need to step up and get vaccinated.” Also, while we’re at it, it would probably be “a good idea to vaccinate the children” as well.  

Now that we have discussed the large possibility that the COVID-19 vaccine is contributing to the increasing death rate in the United States, we must return to the concept of these huge technological advancements that are occurring in our country. One might think that these technological advances would be aiding the medical world and thus making our population healthier. But we must realize that there is a chance that these advancements might be occurring at an uneven pace: the technological advancements in the medical world cannot keep up the technological advancements relating to human comfort and satisfaction.  

Think about it, in the beginning of the twentieth century, infectious diseases were the leading cause of mortality and accounted for nearly a third of all deaths in the United States. This was due to rapid urbanization and increasing population density which subsequently created ideal conditions for the spread of bacteria, leading to high rates of mortality from tuberculosis, influenza, and waterborne diseases. However, public health measures such as water filtration systems, sanitation, and improved nutrition, coupled with new medical technologies, hugely reduced the number of deaths from infectious diseases: the mortality rate began to decline from its peak. Here is an example of technology working within the notion of “checks and balances.” Technology allowed urbanization and the great migration into the cities, and at the same time, kept those who were moving into the cities safe through means of medical advancements as well.  

Yet, today’s day in age shows an uneven advancement, a lack of checks and balances. While technology eradicated infectious disease in the twentieth century, it then brought comfort and satisfaction to Americans at an alarming rate. This comfort and satisfaction presented itself in the way of, among many; fast food, uber eats, fried food, jumbo fountain sodas, GMO’s, vapes and cigarettes, and the mentality that “it’s easier to drive instead of walk there.” In turn, in the recent decades, the leading cause of deaths in the United States turned from infectious disease to chronic disease such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes. As a country, we know that that most chronic diseases can be prevented by eating wellbeing physically activeavoiding tobacco and excessive drinking. However, as we continue to make technological advancements that disincentive these healthy habits, and promote comfort and satisfaction there are only so many medical advancements that can be made to make up for the fact that as a population as a whole, we are completely ignoring preventative care and healthy habits.  

There is a lot to unpack here.  The goal of this blog is not to place the blame of the increased mortality rate on those who have contracted COVID-19, or those who have diabetes, or those who smoke. The goal, rather, is to shed light on the idea that an increased mortality rate in a 1st world country is not normal, rather it is frightening and needs to be taken seriously. Things need to change, whether it is in regards to the vaccine, or the overall health of Americans, or else we will be entering a dismal future.  

//budgetmodel.wharton.upenn.edu/issues/2016/1/25/mortality-in-the-united-states-past-present-and-future