NPR: Pandemic Shortens U.S. Life Expectancy, Study Concludes
The deaths in the United States from Covid-19 caused the overall life expectancy to drop by 1.13 years. The life expectancy is now 77.48 years which is the lowest it’s been since 2003. It is also the largest single-year reduction in the past 40 years. This decline is more severe for racial and ethnic minorities. The life expectancy for Black fell 2.1 years and 3.05 years for Latinos. The decline for whites was only 0.68 years. The large reduction in the Latino population is surprising because they had lower rates of chronic conditions prior to the pandemic which should have protected them better from Covid-19. Click here to read the full article by Rob Stein.