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The life expectancy of Americans fell by a year and a half in 2020, the biggest one-year decline since World War II, according to a new report. Meanwhile, the expectancy for black and Hispanic Americans plunged by three years. Black life expectancy hasn’t dropped that much in one year since the Great Depression, The Associated Press reported. “The drop spelled out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is due mainly to the COVID-19 pandemic, which health officials said is responsible for close to 74% of the overall life expectancy decline. More than 3.3 million Americans died last year, far more than any other year in U.S. history, with COVID-19 accounting for about 11% of those deaths,” the AP said. It wasn’t just COVID-19 that bumped up the death rate. Drug overdoses amid the pandemic shoved expectancy down, especially among whites. Cities have also suffered skyrocketing homicide rates, especially among black Americans, said Elizabeth Arias, the report’s lead author.

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