U.S. heart disease, diabetes deaths climbed during pandemic

The U.S. saw remarkable increases in the death rates for heart disease, diabetes and some other common killers in 2020, spurred in part, experts believe, by people making the lethal mistake of avoiding hospitals although they had symptoms of dangerous illness.

The death rates — posted online this week by federal health authorities — add to the growing body of evidence that the number of lives lost directly or indirectly to the coronavirus in the U.S. is far greater than the officially…

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