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US life expectancy falls by more than a year due to Covid-19 pandemic, CDC study says

July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Life expectancy in the United States fell by a year and a half in 2020 primarily due to increases in death due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to early data released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

(CNN)Life expectancy in the United States fell by a year and a half in 2020 primarily due to increases in death due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to early data released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"U. S. life expectancy at birth for 2020, based on nearly final data, was 77. 3 years, the lowest it has been since 2003," researchers at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics wrote in a new report published on Wednesday.

US life expectancy declined from 78. 8 years in 2019 to 77. 3 years in 2020, the researchers reported, and Covid-19 deaths contributed to 73. 8% of that decline.

The researchers found that Hispanic people experienced the largest decline in life expectancy between 2019 and 2020, primarily due to Covid-19, decreasing by three years from 81. 8 years to 78. 8 years.

The decline of a year and half in life expectancy between 2019 and 2020 was mostly due to increases in deaths tied to Covid-19, unintentional injuries, homicide, diabetes and chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, the researchers reported.

The overall decline in life expectancy last year would have been even greater were it not for the "offsetting effect" of decreases in cancer deaths, the researchers found, as well as decreases in deaths tied to chronic lower respiratory diseases, heart disease, suicide and certain perinatal conditions.

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