Americans’ life expectancy has fallen by a year and a half in 2020, the largest annual decline since World War II, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the main federal public health service. USA, which attributed this fall mainly to its pandemic coronavirus.
This worrying trend is much more pronounced among their ethnic minorities blacks and of Hispanic, according to statistics released today by the CDC.
More specifically, the life expectancy of Americans decreased from 78.8 years in 2019 to 77.3 years in 2020, the lowest since 2003, according to the RES EIA.
For African Americans, life expectancy has dropped by 2.9 years, from 74.7 years in 2019 to 71.8 years in 2020.
For Hispanic Americans the reduction was by three years, from 81.8 years in 2019 to 78.8 years in 2020.
The largest decline is recorded in Hispanic American men, in whom the decline in life expectancy at birth was 3.7 years, which can be explained by 90% in the catastrophic operation of Covid-19.
More than 3.3 million Americans died last year, a record number in the country’s history, with about 11% of these deaths be attributed to Covid-19.
Another important factor is increase in drug overdose deaths, a crisis pre-existing since the outbreak of the new coronavirus, but which has worsened: more than 93.000 people died of drug overdose in the US in 2020, an unprecedented level associated with increased opiate use during the pandemic.
It is noted that from 2014 to 2018, life expectancy in the US decreased as a result of opioid overdose, especially synthetic opiates, such as fentanyl.
Another interesting conclusion drawn from the report released today by the CDC is the widening gap in the life expectancy of Americans. between men and women, which decreased from 5.1 years in 2019 to 5.7 years in 2020.
In particular, women’s life expectancy decreased by one year from 81.4 to 80.2 years. Men’s life expectancy fell from 76.3 to 74.5 years.