U.S. Life Expectancy Fell by 1.5 Years in 2020, the Biggest Decline Since WWII

U.S. Life Expectancy Fell by 1.5 Years in 2020, the Biggest Decline Since WWII. By Betsy McKay.

Covid-19, drug overdoses and homicides drove longevity down.

The full toll of the pandemic has yet to be seen, doctors and public-health officials said. Many people skipped or delayed treatment last year for conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure and endured isolation, stress and interruptions in normal diet and exercise routines.