US life expectancy drops the most since World War II to 77.3 during the COVID-19 pandemic, CDC report finds

The COVID-19 pandemic has reduced life expectancy in the US by 1.5 years, a new report suggests.

In 2019, life expectancy — or the average number of years a person lives — for the general U.S. population was 78.8 years.

Based on preliminary data and estimates, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) found that this figure had fallen to 77.3 years by 2020.

This is the biggest drop since World War II.

While the decline in life expectancy is primarily due to the virus — which has killed more than 600,000 Americans so far — the team says other factors are at play, including an increase in drug overdoses and deaths from diabetes.

Life expectancy in the US fell 1.5 years from 78.8 years in 2019 to 77.3 years in 2020, a new CDC report shows, representing the largest drop since World War II

Life expectancy among men fell 1.8 years from 76.3 years to 74.5 years and 1.2 years for women fell from 81.4 years to 80.2 years.

Life expectancy among men fell 1.8 years from 76.3 years to 74.5 years and 1.2 years for women fell from 81.4 years to 80.2 years.

For the report, published Wednesday, the team used NCHS life tables to calculate life expectancy.

Estimates were simulated for 2020 by looking at preliminary death rates, as final death rates will not be available until the end of 2021.

Researchers found that between 2019 and 2020, life expectancy in the US fell by 1.5 years from 78.8 years to 77.3 years.

This is a drop not seen since World War II, when life expectancy fell by 2.9 years from 66.2 years in 1942 to 63.3 years in 1943, according to CDC data.

Both men and women saw a decline in life expectancy, although the decline was steeper for men.

Hispanic Americans saw a three-year decline and black Americans saw a 2.9-year decline, while white Americans saw a just 1.2-year decline

Hispanic Americans saw a three-year decline and black Americans saw a 2.9-year decline, while white Americans saw a just 1.2-year decline

Life expectancy among men fell 1.8 years from 76.3 years to 74.5 years and 1.2 years for women fell from 81.4 years to 80.2 years.

This means that the difference in life expectancy between the sexes has increased to 5.7 in 2020 from 5.1 in 2019.

When it came to the decline in life expectancy by race and ethnicity, there were big differences.

The smallest decline in life expectancy between 2019 and 2020 occurred in whites, with a drop of just 1.2 years from 77.8 to 77.6 years, partly with the general population.

But the Hispanic and black populations saw declines three times greater.

Life expectancy among blacks fell by 2.9 years from 74.7 to 71.8 and for Hispanics by three years from 81.8 to 78.8.

Hispanic Americans had had longer life expectancies than whites for years, but that gap was almost completely closed by the pandemic.

In addition, life expectancy between whites and blacks had decreased, but the advantage of whites over blacks increased by 45 percent between 2019 and 2020.

Researchers say the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to 74% of the decline, but other factors include an increase in drug overdose deaths and homicides

Researchers say the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to 74% of the decline, but other factors include an increase in drug overdose deaths and homicides

More than 609,000 COVID-related deaths have occurred in the US, of which 347,000 last year

More than 609,000 COVID-related deaths have occurred in the US, of which 347,000 last year

According to the researchers, the last time the difference in life expectancy between the two breeds was that big was in 1999.

The team argues that the decline in life expectancy between 2019 and 2020 can be mainly attributed to COVID-19 deaths, which contributed to 74 percent of the decline.

In 2020, 347,341 people died in the US as a result of COVID-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Deaths from COVID-19 had by far the greatest effect on the decline in life expectancy at birth between 2019 and 2020, overall, among men and women, and for the three racial and Hispanic ancestry identified in this report. are shown,” the authors wrote.

In addition, drug overdose deaths in the US have increased by nearly 30%, claiming a record 93,000 lives in 2020, also responsible for the increase.

Other factors contributing to the decline in life expectancy in 2020 include deaths from homicide, diabetes and chronic liver disease, the team said.

.