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Life expectancy in the U.S. fell for the second year in a row in 2021 and was down nearly a year from 2020, according to a government report released Wednesday.

In the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the estimated American life expectancy has been shortened by nearly three years. The last comparable decline occurred in the early 1940s, during the height of World War II.

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention blamed covid-19 for about half of the decline in 2021, a year when vaccinations became widely available but new variants of the coronavirus caused waves of hospitalizations and deaths. Other contributors to the decline are long-term problems: drug overdoses, heart disease, suicide and chronic liver disease.

“It’s a bleak situation. It was bad before and it’s gotten worse,” said Samuel Preston, a demographer at the University of Pennsylvania.

Life expectancy is an estimate of the average number of years a child born in a given year can expect to live, given the death rate at that time. It’s “the most basic indicator of population health in this country,” said Robert Hummer, a researcher at the University of North Carolina focused on population health patterns.

Life expectancy in the U.S. had been rising for decades, but progress stalled before the pandemic.

It was 78 years, 10 months in 2019. In 2020, it dropped to 77 years. Last year it dropped to about 76 years, 1 month.

The last time it was this low was 1996.

The declines during the pandemic were worse for some racial groups, and some gaps widened. For example, life expectancy for Native Americans and Alaska Natives saw a decline of more than 6 1/2 years since the pandemic began, to 65 years. During the same time period, life expectancy for Asian Americans dropped by about two years to 83 1/2.

Experts say there are many possible reasons for such disparities, including a lack of access to quality health care, lower vaccination rates and a larger share of the population in lower-paying jobs that required them to continue working at the height of the pandemic.

The new report is based on preliminary data. Lifetime estimates are subject to change with the addition of more data and further analysis. For example, the CDC initially said that life expectancy in 2020 decreased by about 1 year 6 months. But after more death reports and analyzes came in, it was about 1 year 10 months.

But the declines in 2020 and 2021 are likely to be the first two consecutive years of declining life expectancy in the U.S. since the early 1960s, CDC officials said.

Results in the report:

— Life expectancy for women in the United States fell by about 10 months, from just under 80 years in 2020 to just over 79 years in 2021. Life expectancy for men fell a full year, from about 74 years to 73.

– Covid-19 deaths were the main reason for the decline. The second biggest contributor was deaths from unintentional injuries – mainly from drug overdoses, which killed a record 107,000 Americans last year.

– White people saw the second largest decline among racial and ethnic groups, with life expectancy dropping a year, to about 76 years, 5 months. Black Americans had the third-largest decline, falling more than eight months, to 70 years, 10 months

– Latin Americans had seen a huge drop in life expectancy by 2020 – four years. But in 2021, their life expectancy dropped by about two months, to about 77 years, 7 months. Preston believes good vaccination rates among Hispanics played a role.

The report also suggests that gains against suicide are being undone.

US suicides rose from the early 2000s through 2018. But they declined slightly in 2019 and then more in 2020, the first year of the pandemic. Experts had wondered if it might have been related to a phenomenon seen in the early stages of war and national disasters where people come together and support each other.

The new report said suicide contributed to the decline in life expectancy in 2021, but it did not provide details. According to preliminary figures from a public CDC database, the number of U.S. suicides last year rose by about 2,000 to 48,000. The U.S. suicide rate also rose, from 13.5 per 100,000 to 14.1 — bringing it back to about where it was 2018.


If you or someone you know needs help, contact the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 988, or reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting “Home” to 741741, anytime.

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