Life Expectancy in U.S. Drops by a Year During Pandemic

Life expectancy for those born in the United States decreased an average of a whole year amid the coronavirus pandemic, the largest margin since World War II.

According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report published Thursday, people across the racial and gender barriers in the U.S. experienced a drop in their life expectancy. The CDC describes life expectancy as the “average number of years that a group of infants would live if they were to experience throughout life.”

In 2019, the average life expectancy in the U.S. was 78.8 years. That dropped by an entire year in the first half of 2020, the lowest it’s been since 2006. The data for all of 2020 are “estimates based on provisional death counts for the months January through June, 2020.” Last year was the deadliest year in the U.S., with the country topping 3 million deaths for the first time. . .

Black communities experienced the largest drop in life expectancy from 2019-2020, dropping 2.7 years, taking it from 74.7 to 72 years old, matching where life expectancy was for them 20 years ago. The Hispanic population’s life expectancy, which is the highest among races, dropped from 81.8 to 79.9, making the difference from 2019 to 2020 1.9 years. White people experienced the smallest drop in life expectancy going from 78.8 years to 78. The report did not include data on Asian and Native Americans. (Read more from “Life Expectancy in U.S. Drops by a Year During Pandemic” HERE)

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