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U.S. life expectancy posts big drop in 2020

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U.S. life expectancy posts big drop in 2020

Life expectancy in the United States last year suffered its largest decline since World War II, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report said the COVID-19 pandemic— accounting for 74 percent of the decline—was the main reason life expectancy fell by a year and a half to 77 years, 4 months. Drug overdoses were another big culprit, and an increase in homicides also contributed.

Which Americans had the largest decline? Life expectancy for black Americans and Hispanic Americans fell by about three years. For white Americans, it fell by 14 months. Overall, the country recorded 3.3 million deaths—the largest number in U.S. history.

Dig deeper: Read Rachel Lynn Aldrich’s report in The Sift about the increase life expectancy in 2018.

Timothy Lamer

Tim is executive editor of WORLD Digital, and he also oversees the news for The World and Everything in It podcast. He was previously managing editor and then editor of WORLD magazine. He worked for the Media Research Center before joining WORLD in 1999. Tim’s work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Weekly Standard.


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Vaccines seem to be helping people die early.
And old people got help from certain states who may have wanted some people off their state dole.


The report covers 2020 deaths, before the vaccines were rolled out. Moreover, if the vaccine was indeed causing a large number of deaths I'm sure Israel would be raising a ruckus. They're probably more protective of their citizenry than any other government on earth, and they refused to sign an indemnity waiver with any covid vaccine company in the case the vaccines were significantly less effective or less safe than promised. The fact that they've thus so far firmly endorsed the vaccine seems like a strong point in its favor.

Deb Onews2me

It's hard to believe that anyone could look at the facts of the virus and the vaccine and conclude that vaccines have killed more people. smh.