Published On: Wed, Jul 21st, 2021

US Life Expectancy Drops 1.5 Years, Driven by COVID-19 Pandemic

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Life expectancy in the United States dropped by a year and a half in 2020 from a year earlier, government researchers said on July 20. The decrease of life expectancy to 77.3 years from 78.8 years was largely attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has devastated America and many other countries. “The decline in life expectancy between 2019 and 2020 can primarily be attributed to deaths from the pandemic. COVID deaths accounted for nearly 75 percent of the decline. More than 609,000 Americans have died in the pandemic so far, roughly 375,000 of those lives were lost last year,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement. COVID-19 is the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. Cases of the illness first appeared in China in late 2019 and in the United States early last year. The report detailing the statistics (pdf) came from the CDC’s …

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