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Jul 21, 2021

US life expectancy falls

Foreign Affairs News Correspondent
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File photo CNBC

Life expectancy among people living in the United States has fallen in recent years, driven in part by an uptick in deaths among young and middle-aged adults from drug overdose, alcohol consumption, and suicide, according to a report published.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) report, U.S. life expectancy fell by a year and a half in 2020, the largest one-year decline since World War II, public health officials said Wednesday.

CDC reports that US has 81.65 for female and 76.61 for male life expectancy.

More than 3.3 million Americans died last year, far more than any other year in U.S. history, with COVID-19 accounting for about 11% of those deaths.

More than 80% of last year’s COVID deaths were people 65 and older, CDC data shows.

Life expectancy is a statistical measure of the average time an organism is expected to live, based on the year of its birth, its current age, and other demographic factors including sex.

The most commonly used measure is life expectancy at birth, which can be defined in two ways.

It’s an important statistical snapshot of a country’s health that can be influenced both by sustained trends such as obesity as well as more temporary threats like pandemics or war that might not endanger those newborns in their lifetimes.

Black life expectancy has not fallen so much in one year since the mid-1930s, during the Great Depression.

That’s why last year’s decline was just half as much as the three-year drop between 1942 and 1943, when young soldiers were dying in World War II. And it was just a fraction of the drop between 1917 and 1918, when World War I and a Spanish flu pandemic devastated younger generations.

With 88.17 years for female and 82.38 years for male life expectancy Hong Kong has the top among the UN member 193 countries followed by Japan and Macao in second and third position respectively.

Nepal is in 128 position with 73.23 for female and 70.13 for male life expectancy.

The least is Central African Republic in 193 grade with 56.58 for female and 52.16 for male life expectancy.

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