Which age groups are most likely to die of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Updated: Jun 25, 2021
  • Author: David J Cennimo, MD, FAAP, FACP, FIDSA, AAHIVS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
  • Print
Answer

 

During January to December 2020, the estimated 2020 age-adjusted death rate increased for the first time since 2017, with an increase of 15.9% compared with 2019, from 715.2 to 828.7 deaths per 100,000 population. COVID-19 was the underlying or a contributing cause of 377,883 deaths (91.5 deaths per 100,000). COVID-19 death rates were highest among males, older adults, non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native (AI/AN) persons, and Hispanic persons. Age-adjusted death rates was highest among Black (1,105.3) and AI/AN persons (1,024). [48]  

COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 population in 2020 by age [48]

  • <1 year: 1.1
  • 1-4 years: 0.2
  • 5-14 years: 0.2
  • 15-24 years: 1.4
  • 25-34 years: 5.5
  • 35-44 years: 15.8 
  • 45-54 years: 44.2
  • 55-64 years: 105.1
  • 65-74 years: 249.2
  • 75-84 years: 635.8
  • 85 years or older: 1,797.8

Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!