Is Coronavirus really causing abnormally higher number of deaths?

Mortality in the United States, 2018 (as of January 2020, link).

“The age-adjusted death rate decreased by 1.1% from 731.9 deaths per 100,000 standard population in 2017 to 723.6 in 2018.” i.e. death rate is about 0.7236%

For the USA, having population of 331 million (link), normal/standard death (attrition) rate should be 199,593 deaths/month. Now compare this number with the reported number of deaths caused by Coronavirus pandemic, which are 21,435 in about a month’s time as of April 12, 2020 (link) which is far less than normal/standard death (attrition) rate.

The death rate, therefore, does not appear to support the thesis that the pandemic is killing people with abnormally high numbers.

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