U.S. life expectancy continues to decline

The average life expectancy in the United States has continued to decline : in 2019, the life expectancy in the United States was 78.8 years, in 2020 it fell to 77 years, in 2021 to 76 years, a decrease of 2.8 years in three years, which is the largest decline in the United States in the past 100 years. Federal health researchers report that the pandemic is a major contributor to the shift, with accidental deaths, drug overdoses, and diseases such as heart disease, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis also playing a role. Experts point out that Americans have a higher burden of disease than other countries with comparable incomes. Native American and Alaska Native communities have been particularly hard hit, with their average life expectancy falling by six-and-a-half years to just 65 years since the pandemic.

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