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U.S. life expectancy in 2020 saw biggest drop since WWII

 

Charlie Riedel, Associated Press

In this Wednesday, March 10, 2021 file photo, a couple walked through a park at sunset in Kansas City, Mo.

NEW YORK - U.S. life expectancy fell by a year and a half in 2020, the largest one-year decline since World War II, public health officials said Wednesday. The decrease for both Black Americans and Hispanic Americans was even worse: three years.

The drop spelled out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is due mainly to the COVID-19 pandemic, which health officials said is responsible for close to 74% of the overall life expectancy decline. More than 3.3 million Americans died last year, far more than any other year in U.S. history, with COVID-19 accounting for about 11% of those deaths.

Black life expectancy has not fallen so much in one year since the mid-1930s, during the Great Depression. Health officials have not tracked Hispanic life expectancy for nearly as long, but the 2020 decline was the largest recorded one-year drop.

https://www.startribune.com/us-life-expectancy-in-2020-saw-biggest-drop-since-wwii/600079877/

 

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