American Life Expectancy Lowest Since 1996

  • Life expectancy in 2021 in the U.S. dropped for its second straight year, reaching its lowest level since 1996, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday.
  • The report from the National Center for Health Statistics, which is part of the CDC, attributed the drop to increased deaths due to COVID as well as drug overdoses.
  • “What we’re seeing in terms of the patterns of mortality, it’s being driven, I think, largely by the pandemic,” said Robert Anderson, chief of mortality statistics at the National Center for Health Statistics
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