[Ed. Note: For those of you with at least a grade six education, please follow along… Since the average age of death attributed to covid-19 (we’re still counting the guy who fell off the ladder, right?) is actually higher than the average age of general mortality, there’s no intelligent mathematical reason to attribute a shorter life expectancy to covid deaths. Meanwhile, homicides, suicides, overdoses, alcoholism, and violent crime are skyrocketing, but we’re gonna pin it mostly on the pandemic… Because “science.”]
by Kristina Wong
U.S. life expectancy fell by a year and a half in 2020 due mostly to the coronavirus pandemic, but drug overdoses and rising homicides played a role as well, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released Wednesday.
The 1.5-year decline in life expectancy in the U.S. was the largest one-year decline since World War II, according to the report. Close to 74 percent of the overall decline was due to the pandemic.
Drug overdoses also pushed life expectancy down, particularly for white Americans, according to the report, while rising homicides were a “small but significant reason” for the decline amongst black Americans, the report’s lead author, Elizabeth Arias, said.
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