The coronavirus pandemic has reduced life expectancy in the United States by more than a year in 2020, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The study projects that saw life expectancy fall by 1.13 years in 2020 after the coronavirus claimed the lives of more than 300,000 Americans.
According to the study, the life expectancy of blacks and Latino populations has decreased significantly compared to white populations. White life expectancy is expected to fall by 0.68 years, while black life expectancy will decrease by 2.1
Since the beginning of the pandemic, blacks and Latin American communities have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus, both financially and in their personal health. Black people have a higher mortality rate and a higher proportion of coronavirus cases than the general population, according to the COVID follow-up project.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this year that black Americans were three times more likely to die from coronavirus than white Americans.
The study suggests that the reason for the disproportionate reduction in life expectancy may be due to economic factors.
“These groups are more likely than whites to occupy low-paid jobs with little autonomy, often in industries that have suffered the greatest job losses during the pandemic, creating extremely high unemployment rates for both groups and a likely loss of health. insurance, ”the authors say.
The pandemic canceled much of the progress made by the United States in improving life expectancy among the population. Life expectancy has increased by about 10 years in the last 50 years, according to CNN. In 1959, life expectancy was 69.9, and in 2016 life expectancy was up to 78.9.
The coronavirus has also stopped working to reduce the difference in life expectancy between blacks and whites. The study says their forecasts show an increase of nearly 40 percent in the black-and-white difference in expected duration.
The news from the study comes when the United States continues to fight the coronavirus, even when two vaccine candidates are given to some priority groups. The country has registered a record number of deaths in the past week, with the United States registering more than 3,900 deaths on Thursday alone, according to The New York Times.