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Thousands more Virginians than would be expected lost their lives during the past year. Hardest hit were the oldest among us who died directly from the coronavirus, but also from loneliness, isolation and perhaps less robust care. But they were not the only age group to have more deaths than would be expected.

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Two additions to this collection of evidence come from two articles published in the October 2019 issue of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

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New data reveal that while patients are still being rushed to intensive care units, a greater proportion are coming out alive. Here are six major reasons why the death rate is falling.

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TRUMP: "The United States has among the lowest case fatality rates of any major country anywhere in the world." — Thursday.

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TRUMP: “I think we have one of the lowest mortality rates in the world.” — Fox interview.

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TRUMP: “Deaths in the U.S. are way down.” — tweet on July 6, one of at least a half dozen heralding a drop in daily deaths from the virus.

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