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Life Expectancy Drops During COVID-19 Amongst 'Native American' Population


August 3, 2022

A study published on July 27, 2022 by researchers Noreen Goldman and Theresa Andrasfay shows a decline in life expectancy for Native American people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Goldman and Andrasfay write that based on their research of two separated data collections, there is an estimated loss in life expectancy, at birth, for Native American people. Their work was published in peer-reviewed journal Demographic Research.

“We estimate that life expectancy at birth in 2020 and 2021 has declined to approximately 67 and 65 years, respectively, shockingly low values in a high-income country,” the study states. “These levels of life expectancy are far below those in every country in the Americas with the sole exception of Haiti.”


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