Category: COVID-19

The National Center for Health Statistics Launches New Rapid Surveys System

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Rapid and reliable response to public health needs has never been more crucial than in today’s world. The National Center for Health Statistics is now partnering with other CDC programs and government survey experts to fill information gaps by providing access to timely data through its new Rapid Surveys System. WHAT ARE RAPID SURVEYS? Rapid Read More >

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Life Expectancy Increases, However Suicides Up in 2022

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CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics released two reports today examining provisional mortality data from 2022. While analysis shows the number and rate of suicides increased for the second year in a row from, overall life expectancy at birth increased by just over a year. This increase regains some of the 2.4 years of life Read More >

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New Reports Examine Long COVID in Adults and Children

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NCHS has released two new data brief reports, “Long COVID in Adults: United States, 2022,” and “Long COVID in Children: United States, 2022,” that describe the percentage of individuals who have ever had or currently have Long COVID by sociodemographic and geographic characteristics. Long COVID was defined as self-reporting the presence of symptoms for at Read More >

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New Report Looks at Pregnant Mothers with Confirmed or Presumed COVID in 14 States and D.C.

Shape of pregnant woman. New data analysis about pregnant mothers with confirmed or suspected COVID in 14 states and D.C.

NCHS has released a new report, “Trends In Characteristics of Mothers With Confirmed or Presumed COVID-19 During Pregnancy: 14 States and The District of Columbia, July 2020‒June 2022,” that looks at changes by maternal age, educational attainment, race and Hispanic origin, and principal source of payment for the delivery. The report includes data from the Read More >

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PODCAST: COVID-19 Mortality by Occupation and Industry

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We talked this week with Ari Minino, a statistician with the NCHS Division of Vital Statistics and co-author on a new report out on October 28th on COVID-19 mortality in 2020 by occupation and industry.  The report was a collaborative analysis conducted by NCHS and NIOSH - the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Read More >

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Updated COVID-19 Data Featured in Latest Release from Household Pulse Survey

As part of its ongoing partnership with the Census Bureau, NCHS recently added questions to assess the prevalence of post-COVID-19 conditions, sometimes called “long COVID,” on the experimental Household Pulse Survey. Today, NCHS released the latest round of Pulse data, collected from September 14-26, 2022.  This latest release includes new data on how Long COVID Read More >

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PODCAST: The Toll of COVID-19 on Physician Practices

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The COVID-19 pandemic took a major toll on the U.S. health care system. In a new report released on September 28, data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey were used to examine how COVID-19 impacted physician practices around the country. Joining us to discuss that new study is Zach Peters, a health statistician with the NCHS Division of Health Care Statistics. Read More >

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PODCAST: Life Expectancy Fell in 2021 for the Second Year in a Row HOST: In 2020, the United States experienced the biggest one-year drop in life expectancy since World War II, mostly due to the pandemic.  All 50 states had declines in life expectancy that year.  These declines were detailed in a new report released in mid-August.  On the last day of the month, NCHS released new estimates for 2021, Read More >

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Telemedicine Use in Children Aged 0–17 Years: United States, July–December 2020

Questions for Maria Villarroel, Health Statistician and Lead Author of “Telemedicine Use in Children Aged 0–17 Years: United States, July–December 2020.” Q: Why did you decide to look at telemedicine among U.S. children during the pandemic? MV: We know that telemedicine use expanded during the COVID-19 pandemic. Telemedicine became a key practice in health care Read More >

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PODCAST – 2020 Final Death Statistics: COVID-19 as an Underlying Cause of Death vs. Contributing Cause HOST:  NCHS closed out the year in December with the release of final data on deaths in the United States for 2020.  As in past years, these final death statistics focus on conditions or injuries that are listed as the underlying cause of death on the death certificate, and do not include conditions or Read More >

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PODCAST: Interview with Elizabeth Gregory on Home Births During the Pandemic HOST: Though no historical data are available, it is widely accepted that most births prior to the 20th century occurred in the home.  With the arrival of the 20th century and the advances in modern medicine that came with it, home births became far less common – as low as 0.56% of all births Read More >

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PODCAST: Design of Survey Questions during the Pandemic HOST: The quality of data in any health survey depends on the quality of the questions being asked, as well as the interpretation of those questions by the survey participants.  NCHS has a team in place that directly deals with those issues, the Collaborating Center for Question Design and Evaluation Research, or “CCQDER.”  CCQDER uses Read More >

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Latest Mental Health Data from Household Pulse Survey

NCHS partnered with the Census Bureau on an experimental data system called the Household Pulse Survey to monitor recent changes in mental health, telemedicine and health care access during the pandemic. The latest data collected from May 26 through June 7, 2021 shows 3 out of 10 U.S. (28.8%) reported symptoms of an anxiety or Read More >

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PODCAST: The 2020 Increase in Death Rates Were The Highest Ever Recorded

STATCAST, JUNE 2021: DISCUSSION WITH FARIDA AHMAD, STATISTICIAN, ABOUT LATEST PROVISIONAL QUARTERLY MORTALITY DATA. HOST:  Each quarter NCHS releases provisional data on mortality from leading causes of death in the U.S. on an interactive web-based dashboard.   This week the dashboard was updated to include Quarter 4 data from 2020 and gives a complete account of provisional Read More >

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NCHS Releases Latest Quarterly Provisional Mortality Data Through Full-Year 2020

NCHS has released the latest quarterly provisional mortality rates for the U.S., through full-year 2020 for most causes of death.  Estimates are presented for 15 leading causes of death plus estimates for deaths attributed to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), drug overdose, falls for persons aged 65 and over, firearm-related injuries, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease, Read More >

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PODCAST: Effects of the Pandemic on Births in New York City

STATCAST, MAY 2021: DISCUSSION WITH ELIZABETH GREGORY, STATISTICIAN, ABOUT HEALTHY PEOPLE INITIATIVE. HOST:  Elizabeth Gregory is a health scientist with the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.  Elizabeth has authored a new study examining the effects of the pandemic on births in New York City, one of the hardest-hit areas by COVID-19.  The study looked at Read More >

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Latest Pulse Survey on Anxiety and Depression during Pandemic

The latest Household Pulse Survey shows 1 out of 3 U.S. adults (32.1%) had symptoms of an anxiety or a depressive disorder in the past week.  This is the lowest percentage since the start of the survey a year ago.  Also, more than half of 18-29 year olds experienced the same symptoms. More Findings: Almost Read More >

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Race and Hispanic-origin Disparities in Underlying Medical Conditions Associated With Severe COVID-19 Illness: U.S. Adults, 2015–2018

A new NCHS report calculates the prevalence of selected conditions by race and Hispanic origin among U.S. adults (aged 20 and over) during 2015–2018. Data were used from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Conditions included asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and heart disease based on self-report; and obesity, severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney Read More >

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PODCAST: Death Certificate Data & COVID-19, Part 3

STATCAST, MARCH 2021: DISCUSSION WITH ROBERT ANDERSON, A STATISTICIAN, ABOUT DEATH CERTIFICATE DATA & COVID-19. HOST:  In Part Three of our conversation with Dr. Robert Anderson, the chief of mortality statistics at NCHS, we discussed the subject of excess deaths in the United States during the pandemic, and also the differences between when COVID-19 Read More >

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