Life expectancy has dropped again, thanks to COVID

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Indiana National Guardsmen, local law enforcement and civilian personnel, partner together to conduct COVID-19 testing throughout north east Indiana on April 27, 2020. (Photo by Cpl. Hannah Clifton)

Life expectancy in the US fell again in 2021, thanks to COVID-19.

It’s the lowest result since 1996. The second year of COVID put the average life expectancy for American men at 73.2 years — nearly six fewer years less than women, according to Reuters.

Life expectancy in the US registered its largest one-year-drop in 2020 since World War Two, and mortality in 2022 is showing a bit of improvement compared to 2020. The CDC says life expectancy this year is unlikely to return to pre-pandemic levels, but adds that a lot rides on the numbers from the winter months, when deaths tend to rise.

The data also suggested that deaths from suicide were down in 2020.

 

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