US life expectancy falls sharply, especially for people of color

COVID-19 pandemic and related complications blamed for the decline

Life expectancy in the U.S. has seen its biggest decline in generations. The average American is now expected to live an estimated 77.3 years, down from 78.8 years in 2019, according to provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

People of color are seeing the biggest drop, with Black Americans and Hispanics now having a life expectancy roughly three years lower than in 2019. Hispanic males saw the biggest drop, at 3.7 years.

The decline is attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic and related complications.

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