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US life expectancy dropped by 1.5 years in 2020, mostly due to COVID-19

Largest drop since world war II, mainly affecting Black and Hispanic Americans


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U.S. life expectancy fell by a year and a half in 2020, the largest one-year decline since World War II.

According to the CDC, COVID-19 pandemic is responsible for almost 74% of the overall life expectancy decline.

Drug overdoses pushed life expectancy down, particularly for Whites.

"Rising homicides were a small but significant reason for the decline for Black Americans," - Elizabeth Arias, the report's lead author.

Hispanic Americans had the largest decline.

Life expectancy drop in various groups, was reported as follows: Blacks, 3 years; Whites, 14 months; men, 2 years; women, 1 year.

Coronavirus was responsible for 90% of the decline among Hispanics, 68% among white people and 59% among Black Americans.

The CDC estimated life expectancy of 74 years, 6 months for boys vs. 80 years, 2 months for girls.

More than 80% of last year's COVID deaths were people 65 and older.

Experts said, it could take years for life expectancy to bounce back after this drop.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

National public health institute of the United States

Elizabeth Arias

Statistical Analysis and Research Team leader at National Center for Health Statistics

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Life Expectancy, Coronavirus