The 2020 Drop in Life Expectancy

Published on: March 02, 2021. Updated on: March 04, 2021.

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COVID-19 has now killed more than 500,000 Americans, reducing life expectancy by a year, with data from the first half of 2020 showing the drop falling disproportionately on Blacks and Hispanics. The report, by the National Center for Health Statistics, bases life expectancy estimates on provisional death counts for the months January through June, 2020.

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Life Expectancy Estimates: Arias E, Tejada-Vera B, Ahmad F. Provisional life expectancy estimates for January through June, 2020. Vital Statistics Rapid Release; no 10. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. February 2021. DOI:

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