By Cara Murez and Robin Foster 

HealthDay Reporters

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2022 (HealthDay News) – More than two years after the pandemic began, there is a bit of good news on death rates in the United States: They should be lower this year than during the past two years once final numbers are tallied.

Still, they have not dropped to levels seen before COVID swept across the country, preliminary data shows.

Deaths are expected to remain about 13% higher than 2019 numbers for 2022. But they should be 7% lower than in 2021 and 3% lower than in 2020, based on an estimate of…

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