This headline is the CDC estimate of deaths caused by Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAI). They are rarely added. The math is easy, 479,000. The solution apparently is not.
When 100 people acquire a norovirus infection it makes front page news yet 479,000 annual HAI deaths goes by unnoticed. Here is another way to look at the scope of this issue.
USA overall annual deaths:
- Cancer 580,350
- Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs) 479,000
- Heart Disease 380,000