A commenter who I haven't published (yet -- still thinking about it) wrote "I'd be interested in seeing the number of total U.S. deaths from the last couple of years Jan - October and see if the total deaths between each year vary that much."
That's a very interesting question.
The number he's asking after is called "excess mortality," and it is of interest to epidemiologists. It has varied quite a bit for 2020 compared to previous years. You can find numerous sources for it. Here's a chart for the U. S. from one of them:
The data's a little lagged, so the present upswing isn't shown, but the earlier peaks are obvious. CDC has a slightly more up-to-date (and more conservative) data set here. The medical profession appears to be getting better at managing cases, but you're still better off not catching the virus. More people are dying than usual.
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