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U.S. life expectancy fell year and a half in 2020 due to COVID-19 -CDC

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By Dania Nadeem (Reuters) – Life expectancy in the United States fell by a year and a half in 2020 to 77.3 years, the lowest level since 2003, primarily due to the deaths caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a U.S. health agency said on Wednesday. It is the biggest one-year decline since World War Two, when life expectancy fell 2.9 years between 1942 and 1943, and is six months shorter than its February 2021 estimate, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. “Life expectancy has been increasing gradually every year for the past several decades,” Elizabeth Arias, a CDC resear…

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