US life expectancy dropped 1.5 years in 2020, partially due to COVID pandemic

CHICAGO (WLS) – The United States saw its biggest one-year decline in life expectancy since World War Two in 2020, a year and a half drop.

Hispanics and non-Hispanic blacks saw the biggest declines, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

Life expectancy of Spaniards from 2019 to 2020 decreased by 3 years.

For non-Hispanic blacks, this number has decreased by 2.9 years. And for non-Hispanic whites, that number is down 1.2 years.

Although covid-19 is the primary factor, other causes are unintentional injury, homicide, diabetes, and chronic liver disease. Unintentional injuries include drug overdoses.

Esther Sciammarella, director of the Chicago Hispanic Health Alliance, said she was not surprised by the data.

The nonprofit has been working to address vaccine hesitancy.

“I think this is a message for everyone to get involved and take it seriously because this is going to be devastating to our community,” Sciammarella said.

The average U.S. life expectancy in 2020 is generally 77.3 years. For men it is 74.5 years old and for women it is 80.2 years old.

Some health officials said they are concerned about the trend continuing by people who have stopped being treated for chronic conditions, such as heart disease and cancer, during the pandemic.

Mercedes Carnethon said: “We’re seeing the effects of that delayed care. So we’re seeing mortality rates from our top causes of death, people who don’t. coming for care are now sicker and less likely to get treatment,” said Mercedes Carnethon, a professor of preventive medicine and medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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