Deadliest 2020 in US history: Life expectancy drops by three years | abroad

Deadliest 2020 in US history: Life expectancy drops by three years |  abroad

2020 will be – for now – the bloodiest year in American history. That AP reports. The number of deaths will exceed 3 million for the first time. The culprit: Corona epidemic.

It will be several months before we get the final numbers, but initial estimates put more than 3.2 million deaths. This is at least 400,000 more than last year.

We often see higher death rates compared to the previous year. But not to what extent they do it: at least 15 percent. This might be more if this month’s numbers were also included. Since 1918 – when tens of thousands of American soldiers died in World War I and hundreds of thousands more from the Spanish flu – there has been a huge jump in the stats in terms of percentage. Then there was an increase of 46 percent.

Life expectancy

Coronavirus has already claimed the lives of more than 318,000 Americans. Before it appeared, there was reason for hope. The rise in the death rate in the United States decreased slightly in 2019 as there were fewer deaths due to heart disease and cancer. There was an “only” increase of 16,000 deaths, usually between 20,000 and 50,000 (due to a growing population and aging).

Corona dead are transported to a refrigerated truck in New York. © Agence France-Presse

Life expectancy also rose by six weeks last year for the second year in a row, according to figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday. However, life expectancy for 2020 will decrease by up to three years.

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Coronavirus is an important driver for this. Out of nowhere, it is the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2020, after cardiovascular disease and cancer. In fact, Covid-19 was the leading cause of death at certain times of the year.


In addition, the number of other causes of death increased, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it can also be linked to the Corona pandemic. The virus may weaken patients and even make them receive less care.

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