U.S. life expectancy dropped for the second consecutive year in 2021, falling by nearly a year from 2020, according to a government report being released Wednesday.
The estimated American lifespan plunged last year to about 76 years and one month, dropping for the second consecutive year to its lowest level since 1996. Life expectancy has dipped by almost three years since the pandemic began in 2020, the biggest two-year decline in nearly 100 years. But Covid only shoulders about half the blame for the 2021 decline, the CDC said, with other factors like deaths from accidental injuries, including drug overdoses, also playing a role.
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