DPHSS: Covid likely to remain No. 3 among leading causes of death

Covid will remain in third place on the list of leading causes of death in 2021 and in the next two years, Dr. Ann Pobutsky, territorial epidemiologist, reported at a press conference today.

In first place was heart disease and second place was malignant neoplasms, or cancer.

Covid replaced cerebrovascular disease, or stroke, in the number three slot last year.

Of those who were dead on arrival at the hospital, 52 percent were due to cardiac arrest, Pobutsky said.

However, due to comorbidities like underlying heart disease or uncontrolled hypertension, most DOAs did not know they had Covid and had not been vaccinated, said Pobutsky.