US life expectancy drops again in 2021

(Reuters) – U.S. life expectancy fell in 2021 for the second consecutive year due to deaths from COVID-19, falling to its lowest level since 1996, government statistics showed on Wednesday.

With an average of 76.1 years, life expectancy is down nearly a year from 2020, the largest two-year drop recorded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ).

The gap between male and female life expectancies also widened last year to its highest level in more than two decades. Men have an average life expectancy of 73.2 years, almost six years less than women.

Deaths from COVID-19 contributed half of the overall drop in life expectancy last year, with disease from the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 being associated with more than 460,000 deaths, according to the CDC.

In 2020, average life expectancy had recorded its biggest drop in a year since World War II, with COVID-related deaths contributing nearly 75% of that fall.

“Mortality was lower in 2022 than in 2020, so I think it’s likely we’ll see a slight increase in life expectancy,” said Robert Anderson, a statistician at the National Center for Health Statistics of the United States. CDC. However, he said life expectancy is unlikely to return to pre-pandemic levels this year.

These data represent preliminary estimates, the government agency said.

(Report Amruta Khandekar and Raghav Maobe in Bangalore; French version Elitsa Gadeva, edited by Jean-Stéphane Brosse)

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