FAST FIVE: US Life Expectancy In 2020 Saw Biggest Drop Since WWII
From January through June of last year, that was 77.8 years for the entire US population, down from 78.8 years in 2019.
This should not be a total shock as we reported previously that studies showed that pandemic-driven restrictions will impact life-expectancy for black Americans for years, considerably more than for other racial groups.
A recent study by the National Bureau of Economic Research has found that, for the overall population, the increase in the death rate following the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown policies implies a staggering 0.89 and 1.37 million excess deaths over the next 15 and 20 years, respectively.
However, for African-Americans, we estimate 180 thousand and 270 thousand excess deaths over the next 15 and 20 years, respectively.
Although the mortality data used in the report includes more than 99% of the deaths that occurred during that period, the report noted that the estimates “do not reflect the entirety of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.” Tyler Durden Tue, 03/02/2021 – 05:45.