America’s Life Expectancy Is Declining

Today, many Americans are seeing their quality of life seriously decline. Prices have risen so much that even a run-of-the-mill grocery store trip has become unaffordable for a decent amount of people. This has driven up sales at dollar stores, as Americans search for affordable alternatives.

Much of the country is also dealing with stress as furloughs take place. Multiple businesses, especially those in the tech industry, have begun laying off workers. This comes amid inflation and various negative economic projections for the future ahead.

Now, a new report shows the life expectancy rate in the United States is on a decline as well.

More Bad News For Everyday Americans
As it turns out, the country’s fight against COVID-19 has taken the overall life expectancy rate down to 77.

The 1.8-year drop documented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that occurred from 2019 to 2020 was described as the greatest drop in 75 years to happen in just one year’s time.

What’s more is that while the life expectancy rate fell by 1.8 years, from 2019 to 2020, the death rate by age jumped by 16.8%. An official with the National Center For Health Statistics claims this sort of thing is nearly unheard of.

These types of changes haven’t been documented since the flu outbreak in 1918. Because more people lost their lives to COVID-19 in 2021 than in 2020, this could very well be reflected in mortality data.

Differences Across States
Life expectancy rates can also vary depending upon the states involved. Thus far, the data shows that northeastern and western states document higher life expectancy rates beginning at birth than southern states.

However, across the nation, every single state incurred a decline in life expectancy rates during 2020. Many experts have attributed this to the widespread impacts of COVID-19 during this time before vaccines and various therapies against the virus were rolled out.

Outside of COVID-19, the different documented causes of death also have to be taken into account. Cancer and heart disease, for example, have long been reported as the leading factors.

However, other issues such as drug overdoses, strokes, unexpected injuries, and various other health complications are tied to fatalities as well.