The CDC recently released a report on life expectancy estimates in the United States using data from the first half of 2020 showing that life expectancy dropped an entire year. This is a significant decrease. In 2019, it had increased for the second year in a row.
The Associated Press reports, “Life expectancy is how long a baby born today can expect to live, on average. In the first half of 2020, life expectancy at birth for the total U.S. population was 77.8 years, declining by 1.0 year from 78.8 in 2019.”
Health experts mainly attribute this to the pandemic, adding that the results from the second half of the year are not yet known. Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo is a health equity researcher and dean at the University of California, San Francisco. “I would expect that these numbers would only get worse,” Dr. Bibbins-Domingo said, according to the AP.
Robert Anderson oversees the numbers for the CDC. He said, “This