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.