US life expectancy fell by 1.5 years in 2020 – the biggest drop since WW2 


  • A new CDC report says life expectancy in the US has dropped from 78.8 years in 2019 to 77.3 years in 2020.
  • This represents the biggest drop since World War II when life expectancy fell by 2.9 years from 66.2 in 1942 to 63.3 in 1943.
  • Life expectancy decreased from 1.8 years 76.3 years to 74.5 years for men and 1.2 years for women from 81.4 years to 80.2 years.
  • Hispanic Americans saw a three-year decline and black Americans saw a 2.9-year decline, while white Americans saw a decline of just 1.2 years.
  • Researchers say the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to 74% of the decline, but other factors include an increase in drug overdose deaths and homicides

A new report suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced life expectancy in the US by 1.5 years.

In 2019, life expectancy – or the average number of lives a person has lived – for the general US population was 78.8 years.

However, using provisional data and projections, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) found that the figure fell to 77.3 years in 2020.

This represents the biggest decline seen since World War II.

While the decline in life expectancy is mainly due to the virus – which has killed more than 600,000 Americans so far – the team says there are other factors at play as well, including an increase in drug overdoses and deaths from diabetes.

Life expectancy in the US fell 1.5 years from 78.8 years in 2019 to 77.3 years in 2020, a new CDC report found, representing the biggest decline seen since World War II.

Life expectancy decreased from 1.8 years 76.3 years to 74.5 years for men and 1.2 years for women from 81.4 years to 80.2 years.

Life expectancy decreased from 1.8 years 76.3 years to 74.5 years for men and 1.2 years for women from 81.4 years to 80.2 years.

For the report, published Wednesday, the team used NCHS life tables to calculate life expectancy.

The projections for 2020 were traversed by looking at the provisional death count as the final death count will not be available until the end of 2021.

The researchers found that between 2019 and 2020, American life expectancy decreased by 1.5 years from 78.8 years to 77.3 years.

According to CDC data, this decline has not been seen since World War II, when life expectancy dropped from 66.2 years in 1942 to 63.3 years in 1943.

Both men and women saw a decline in life expectancy, although the decline was sharper for men.

Hispanic Americans saw a three-year decline and black Americans saw a 2.9-year decline, while white Americans saw a decline of just 1.2 years.

Hispanic Americans saw a three-year decline and black Americans saw a 2.9-year decline, while white Americans saw a decline of just 1.2 years.

Life expectancy decreased from 1.8 years 76.3 years to 74.5 years for men and 1.2 years for women from 81.4 years to 80.2 years.

This means that the difference in life expectancy between the sexes increased to 5.7 in 2020, from 5.1 in 2019.

There were huge disparities when it came to viewing the decline in life expectancy based on race and ethnicity.

The smallest drop in life expectancy between 2019 and 2020 was among whites, with the share of the general population falling just 1.2 years from 77.8 to 77.6.

But the Hispanic and black populations saw a threefold greater decline.

Life expectancy for blacks fell by 2.9 years from 74.7 to 71.8, and for Hispanics fell three years from 81.8 to 78.8.

Hispanic Americans had for many years enjoyed a higher life expectancy than whites, but that gap was almost completely erased by the pandemic.

Additionally, life expectancy among whites and blacks was decreasing, but the advantage of Caucasians over blacks increased by 45 percent between 2019 and 2020.

Researchers say the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to 74% of the decline, but other factors include an increase in drug overdose deaths and homicides

Researchers say the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to 74% of the decline, but other factors include an increase in drug overdose deaths and homicides

There have been more than 609,000 COVID-related deaths in the US with a total of 347,000 last year

There have been more than 609,000 COVID-related deaths in the US with a total of 347,000 last year

According to the researchers, the last time such a big difference in life expectancy between the two races was in 1999.

The team says the decline in life expectancy between 2019 and 2020 can be primarily attributed to COVID-19 deaths, which contributed 74 percent to the decline.

In 2020, 347,341 people died in the US due to COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

Death rates due to COVID-19, between 2019 and 2020 overall, among men and women, and decline in life expectancy at birth for the three ethnic and Hispanic-origin groups shown in this report had the greatest impact. ,’ the authors wrote.

What’s more, drug overdose deaths in the US increased by almost 30% and claimed a record 93,000 lives in 2020.

Other factors contributing to the decline in life expectancy in 2020 include deaths from homicide, diabetes and chronic liver disease, the team said.

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