Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some very disheartening statistics to report on. This involves the life expectancy in the United States and how the coronavirus pandemic impacted it.
Life expectancy in the United States fell by a full year during the first half of 2020, a decline that reflects the toll of the covid-19 pandemic as well as a rise in deaths from drug overdoses, heart attacks and diseases that accompanied the outbreak, according to government data released on Thursday.
According to the provisional data released by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Black and Latino Americans were hit harder than Whites, reflecting the racial disparities of the pandemic, according to the new analysis. Black Americans lost 2.7 years of life expectancy, and Latinos lost 1.9. White life expectancy fell 0.8 years.
NCHS data shows, life expectancy at birth for the entire U.S. population in the first half of 2020 was 77.8 years. For Black Americans, it was 72, for Latinos 79.9, and for Whites 78. As has long been the case, women could expect to live longer 80.5 years, compared with 75.1 for men. The NCHS did not include figures for Asian Americans or other racial groups. With the United States approaching 500,000 deaths from the pandemic alone, experts were not surprised by the new data. But they said the size of the reduction in life expectancy, particularly for Black and Latino Americans, was greater than expected.
Data in the new study comes from the first six months of 2020, when the virus did its worst damage in a surge through the Northeast, home to large Black and Latino populations. Second and third surges swept wider swaths of the United States. Arias said that when her team examines a full year of data, she expects it will show a greater proportion of White deaths. The data also reflects an increased death total from other causes, such as strokes and drug overdoses, that are part of the pandemic’s collateral damage. In the early months of 2020, some seriously ill people delayed seeking health care out of fear of the new and lethal virus.