What Shrinking U.S. Life Expectancy May Be Telling Us About the Pandemic Response.

Life expectancy in the US dropped for the second consecutive year in 2021, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At 76.4 years for a person born in 2021, life expectancy is now the lowest it’s been in a quarter century, since 1996. For American men, life expectancy fell by over eight months; for women, by seven months. The figure fell for every age category in the nation over the age of one. At the turn of the twentieth century, life expectancy in the US was just 47 years. The figure rose to 68 years by