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Since hitting a peak of 42.5 in January 2022, weekly COVID-19 hospitalizations per 100,000 adults remained below 11.7 from March through the end of 2022.

However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned in November that continued COVID-19 circulation combined with the high spread of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and flu could strain the healthcare system. COVID-19 hospitalization rates are highest among older Americans, while children are most at risk for RSV hospitalization.


As of December 2022, about 28% of people who have had COVID-19 reported experiencing long COVID.

Ten percent of people who experienced long COVID (defined as symptoms that lasted at least three months) reported that their symptoms significantly limited their daily activities. Although adults ages 18 through 69 were the least likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19, they were the most likely to report having long COVID.


About 3.5 million people died in 2021, 2.4% more than in 2020 and 21.3% more than 2019. The top three causes — cancer, heart disease, and COVID-19 — accounted for 50% of deaths.

Preliminary 2022 data shows there were 3,079,248 deaths through December 17.


Preliminary 2021 data shows that life expectancy decreased for the second consecutive year to 76.1 years.

Increased deaths due to COVID-19 were the leading cause of the decline, followed by unintentional injuries and heart disease.


The federal government spent $173.3 billion on public health in 2022 — 13.6% more than 2021 but 10.7% less than during the first year of the pandemic.

Most of the spending increase was for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, which assists in improving preparedness and response against health threats.


In 2021, 8.3% of the population (27.2 million Americans) were uninsured, down from 8.6% in 2020 but up from 8.0% in 2019.

The share of people with private health insurance fell 2.0 percentage points from 2019 to 2021. Meanwhile, the share of Americans with Medicare, Medicaid, or other public health insurance grew by 1.2 percentage points in 2021 after increasing 0.4 percentage points in 2020.


Medicare and Medicaid spend more per enrollee than private insurance while covering older and low-income populations.

However, per-enrollee spending for these government programs remained relatively flat over since 2010, while private insurance spending increased 12%.


Last year, 22 states restricted abortion access while 19 protected it.

These changes came about in various ways, including enforcing trigger laws after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, voter actions in the midterm election, new legislation, executive orders, and judicial rulings.

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