U.S. Life Expectancy Drops A Year In Pandemic, Most Since WWII
Life expectancy in the United States dropped by an astonishing one year during the first half of 2020 Coronavirus The epidemic is the first wave of deaths, health officials are reporting.
According to preliminary estimates on Thursday according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, minorities had the greatest impact, with black Americans losing nearly three years and Hispanics.
“It’s a big drop,” said Robert Anderson, who oversees the numbers for the CDC. “You have to go back to World War II, the 1940s, to find such a decline.”
Other health experts say that it shows the profound effects of COVID-19, not only on deaths from direct infection, but also from heart disease, cancer and other conditions.
Dr., a health equity researcher and dean. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo said, “There’s really quite a lot of these numbers, which they only reflect the first half of the year … I would expect these numbers to only get worse.” University of California, San Francisco.
This is the first time the CDC has reported on life expectancy from early, partial records; More death certificates can still come from that period. It is already known that 2020 was the deadliest year in American history, with 3 million deaths for the first time.
Life expectancy The average number of times a child is born today can expect to live. In the first half of last year, that was 77.8 years for Americans, down from 78.8 a year in 2019. It was 75.1 years for men and 80.5 years for women.
As a group, Hispanics have had the longest lifespan in the US and still do. Black people now surpass whites for six years in life expectancy, reversing a trend that had been bringing their numbers closer since 1993.
Between 2019 and the first half of 2020, life expectancy for black people decreased by 2.7 years, to 72. It dropped 1.9 years for Hispanic, up to 79.9, and 0.8 year for Whites, up to 78. The preliminary report did not analyze trends for Asians. Or Native American.
“Black and Hispanic communities across the United States have borne the brunt of this epidemic,” Bibbins-Domingo said.
They are likely to live in frontline, low-paid jobs and crowded environments where the virus is easy to spread, and “stark, pre-existing health disparities in other conditions” that increase their risk of dying of COVID. -19, he said.
He said that more needs to be done to distribute the vaccine evenly, improve working conditions and protect minorities from infection and include them in economic relief measures.
Dr. Otis Brawley, a cancer specialist and public health professor at Johns Hopkins University, agreed.
“The focus is really the need for wide spread access to every American receiving adequate care. And health care needs to be defined as prevention as well as treatment, ”he said.
Overall, the decline in life expectancy is more evidence of “our audacity of the epidemic”, Brawley said.
“We are devastated by more coronaviruses than any other country. We are 4% of the world’s population, more than 20% of the world’s coronovirus deaths, “he said.
Brasley said not enough use of masks, early reliance on drugs such as hydroxychloroquine, “which went unscathed,” and other wrong methods meant that many Americans died unnecessarily.
“Going forward, we need to practice very basic things” such as washing hands, physical disturbances and getting the vaccination back on track as soon as possible, he said.
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