Will Americans’ life expectancy be shortened as a result of Covid-19? According to research, it will be cut by more than a year.
The declines in the Black and Latino populations are estimated to be 3 to 4 times greater than those in the White population.
The coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of approximately 392,100 people in the United States as of January 16. An significant question is how this unusually high number of fatalities may affect life expectancy in the country as a whole, as well as the effects for marginalized groups. According to researchers, the pandemic has had a major impact on life expectancy.
They predict that, as a result of the pandemic deaths last year, Americans’ life expectancy at birth will drop by 1.13 years to 77.48 years in 2020.
According to experts from the University of Southern California (USC) and Princeton, this is the greatest single-year decrease in life expectancy in at least 40 years and the lowest life expectancy calculated since 2003.
“Reductions in the Black and Latino populations are estimated to be 3 to 4 times higher than in the White population. As a result, Covid-19 is predicted to undo nearly a decade of progress in decreasing the Black-White life expectancy gap and lower the previous Latino mortality advantage by more than 70%,” according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
According to the analysis, the United States’ reduction in life expectancy in 2020 will be greater than that of most other high-income countries, implying that the United States, which already had a lower life expectancy than all other high-income developed countries prior to the pandemic, will see its life expectancy fall even further behind its peers.
According to the researchers, life expectancy is a useful tool for analyzing the influence of coronavirus on survival and is an important indicator of a population’s health. Annual advances in US life expectancy had been minor in the decades prior to the epidemic, but total life expectancy had seldom dropped.
The annual decrease of 0.1 percent for three years in a row — 2015, 2016, and 2017 — was ascribed in part to an increase in “deaths of despair” among middle-aged whites caused by drug overdoses, notably opioids, as well as alcohol-related liver illness and suicide.
The estimated loss in life expectancy as a result of the pandemic is almost ten times greater than current declines. The last large pandemic to severely shorten life expectancy in a short period, according to the researchers, was the 1918 influenza pandemic, which reduced life expectancy by an incredible 7-12 years, according to study.
According to studies, certain life expectancy reductions may endure beyond 2020 as a result of ongoing Covid-19 mortality and the pandemic’s long-term health, social, and economic effects. “While the emergence of viable vaccines is encouraging, the United States is currently witnessing the highest number of daily Covid-19 deaths of any country. Brinkwire News in a Nutshell