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Breaking News: American life expectancy experienced its biggest drop since World War II in the first six months of 2020, a stark measure of the toll of the pandemic.

 
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American life expectancy experienced its biggest drop since World War II in the first six months of 2020, a stark measure of the toll of the pandemic.

Thursday, February 18, 2021 6:01 AM EST

Thursday's data gives the first full picture of the pandemic's effect on American life expectancy, which dropped to 77.8 years from 78.8 years in 2019. It also showed a deepening of racial and ethnic disparities: Life expectancy of the Black population declined by 2.7 years in the first half of 2020, slicing away 20 years of gains.

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