Life expectancy in the US fell in 2020; Healthy lifestyle linked to a longer life

The media covers a sharp drop in US life expectancy during 2020, with a nearly two-year drop to around 77 years, with the pandemic being blamed. Meanwhile, a separate study links a longer life without experiencing Alzheimer’s disease for both men and women with a healthier life.

Reuters: US life expectancy fell 2 years in 2020, steepest drop among high-income peers

Life expectancy in the United States fell by almost two years in 2020 to about 77 years amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the steepest drop compared to 21 other high-income countries, according to a global study. Americans on average are now expected to live 76.99 years, up from 78.86 years in 2019, according to the study, which looked at national death and population counts in 2019 and 2020 to calculate the death rate. (Ray, 4/13)

CIDRAP: the pandemic reduced life expectancy in the US by almost two years, more than any other nation

Life expectancy in the United States decreased by 1.87 years from 2019 to after the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, more than any of the other 21 high-income countries, with greater losses in the Hispanic and black populations , according to a modeling study published today in JAMA Network Open. Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University estimated life expectancy in the United States and 21 similar countries using simulated life tables based on national mortality and population data in 2019 and 2020. Life expectancy reflects how long a person can expect to live. group of people if experiencing at each age that year’s age-specific death rates, the study authors noted. (Van Beusekom, 4/13)

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