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US life expectancy reduced by 1.5 years during pandemic


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Washington| Life expectancy at birth in the US dropped 1.5 years during the COVID-19 pandemic to 77.3 percent in 2020, the lowest level since 2003 and the biggest drop since World War II. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics found that Covid-19 deaths contributed about 74 percent of the decline in life expectancy among the general US population.

Another 11 percent of the fall could be due to an increase in deaths from accidents or unintentional injuries, Xinhua news agency reported.

Among racial groups, life expectancy decreased by 3 years to 78.8 years for the Hispanic population, by 2.9 years to 71.8 years for the non-Hispanic black population, and by 1.2 years to 77.6 years for the non-Hispanic white population.

Hispanic men, in particular, saw the biggest drop of 3.7 years.

Health experts said the life expectancy data is evidence of the pandemic’s adverse impact on communities of color.

According to one report, between 1942 and 1943, during World War II, life expectancy in the US declined by 2.9 years.

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