US Life Expectancy Drops By 1 Year


Life expectancy in the U.S. dropped a year during the first half of 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic caused its first wave of deaths. That's according to new data released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Minorities suffered the biggest impact, with Black Americans losing nearly three years and Hispanics, nearly two years. Robert Anderson with the CDC said, "This is a huge decline. You have to go back to World War II, the 1940s, to find a decline like this." CDC officials had already reported that 2020 was the deadliest year in U.S. history, with deaths topping 3 million for the first time.


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