Researchers: U.S. life expectancy hits lowest point in decades

Life expectancy now stands at 76.1 years.

News 12 Staff

Aug 31, 2022, 9:32 AM

Updated 655 days ago

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Life expectancy in the United States has hit the lowest point in decades.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers found life expectancy dropped by nearly a year between 2020 and 2021 and by more than two and a half years overall since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Life expectancy now stands at 76.1 years.
The number is the lowest it has been in the U.S. since 1996, and the biggest two year decline in a century.
The CDC says COVID-19 was the driving factor with deaths from the virus contributing to half of the decline from 2020 to 2021. 


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