- The pandemic drove life expectancy in the U.S. to its lowest level since 2006, Axios’ Marisa Fernandez writes from preliminary CDC data. It’s the largest drop since World War II, the N.Y. Times reports.
- U.S. life expectancy was about 78 years in the first half of 2020. In 2019, it was roughly 79 years. Men can expect to live an average of 75 years, compared to 81 years for women. Both lost about a year off of their life expectancy in the first months of the pandemic.
- Between the lines: Racial disparities in life expectancy widened in the first half of 2020. White Americans now live an average of six years longer than Black Americans, up from about a four-year difference in 2019.
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