Sumary of U.S. sees sharp decrease in life expectancy largely due to COVID-19 pandemic, CDC says:
- Since COVID-19 first reached the U.S., over 34.21 million cases and over 609,823 COVID-19-related deaths have been confirmed nationwide – currently the highest national toll in the world on both counts.
- The study reports that the average life expectancy for Americans had declined from 78.8 years in 2019 to 77.3 years in 2020. The data suggests that 73.8% of that decline is tied to COVID-19-related deaths.
- com How the study was conducted The report’s findings are based on provisional data for the year 2020 gathered by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), a public health surveillance organization that processes and disseminates death and birth records for the entire country.
- The peer countries included Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.
- As compared to other high-income countries, the United States was already at a disadvantage at the beginning of the current decade, as their life expectancy estimates were 1.88 years less than peer countries.
- This deficit in life expectancy continued to increase over the course of the decade to 3.05 years in 2018. Between 2018 and 2020, the life expectancy gap in the U.S. as compared to peer countries grew substantially to 4.69 years.
- Furthermore, the decrease in life expectancy rates reported between 2018 and 2020 was 8.5 times greater than the rates that were reported in peer countries.
- Taken together, none of the reductions in life expectancy rates of other peer high-income countries came close to that which was reported in the U.S. The benefit of calculating life expectancy In general, life expectancy estimates are used to summarize a population’s mortality rate at a given point in time.