According to research that was released on Wednesday by the CDC, the life expectancy of the typical American has dropped significantly between 2019 and 2021. During 1961-1963, the 1st, 2-year reduction in population has been recorded.
The United States has seen a drop of 2.7 years in life expectancy over the past 2 years, bringing the current average lifespan back down to 76.1 years, similar to what it was in 1996.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, which was responsible for the deaths of more than one million Americans (accordinf to them), was the leading culprit in the decline in average lifespan. Along with cardiovascular disease, “accidental injuries” — a category that encompasses overdosing as well as other drug-related mishaps – also are significant variables that contributed to the reduction.
Well before the outbreak, heart failure had been the leading cause of mortality in the United States for a lengthy period of time; however, the opioid crisis has led to an unprecedented number of people overdosing for several years in a row.
When the figures from the CDC are broken down by race, we see even more concerning patterns emerge. The average lifespan of Native Americans dropped by 6.6 yrs between the years 2019 to 2021, whereas it dropped by around 4 years for black people, approximately 4 years for Hispanic people, and around 2.4 yrs for white people. The statistics burden fell overwhelmingly on men, whose average lifespan has dropped to only 73.2 yrs, while girls still may be expected to live a relatively long, 79.1 years. This discrepancy in life expectancy is due to the fact that men have historically been healthier than females.
According to the findings of the research, the most significant drop in life expectancy occurred in the first year of the epidemic for nonwhite communities, but the largest losses were experienced by white Americans during the 2nd year of the pandemic.
Similar research has come to the conclusion that the usage of Covid-19 widened an already significant divide in mortality rate between the United States of America, which boasts the most costly healthcare system in the world, compared to other industrialized nations. The average lifespan of an American nowadays is 5 years shorter than that of their European counterparts.
The high incidence of preexisting diseases in the United States, such as obesity and coronary heart disease, has been attributed by researchers studying the reduction in average lifespan as the cause of the United States disproportionately massive losses during a pandemic in comparison to 19 of its economic counterparts.
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