The Covid-19 pandemic has unleashed the results of the last decade in terms of American life expectancy in one year. In this regard, racial and ethnic inequality in the United States has deepened.
The data is published by the US Government. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on its official website on Thursday.
For the entire population in 2020, life expectancy in America decreased by one year and the average age became 77.8. Such data has not been available in the country since 2006. The decline in the Latin American population was almost two years, while in the African-Americans – almost three.
That’s not a bit, says Prorin University University demographer Norin Goldman. He said it was considered a very big achievement to improve life expectancy by only one tenth of the year in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
According to experts, the case is likely to be much worse, as the report only summarizes the first half of 2020. The death rate with Covid-19 was even higher at the end of the year.
Data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention match similar reports prepared in the UK and Spain. They also have a one-year drop in life expectancy data.
The situation is better in France and Sweden, where according to preliminary data, in men – a decrease of half a year, and in women – a decrease of four tenths of a year (France) or three tenths (Sweden). According to Professor Norin Goldman, the United States found itself in an even worse position because it’s “significantly lagging behind almost all high-income states” in terms of life expectancy.