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COVID-19 as the Leading Cause of Death in the United States

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Published Online: December 17, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.24865

Correction: This article was corrected online December 28, 2020, to change the percentage of excess deaths to 50%.

Corresponding Author: Steven H. Woolf, MD, MPH, Center on Society and Health, Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, 830 E Main St, Ste 5035, Richmond, VA 23298 (steven.woolf@vcuhealth.org).

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

Funding/Support: Drs Woolf and Chapman received partial funding from grant UL1TR002649 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

Role of the Funder/Sponsor: The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences had no role in preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript; and decision to submit the manuscript for publication.

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