Covid-19 cuts U.S. life expectancy by a year in first half of 2020, biggest drop since WWII

Life expectancy in the United States fell by an entire year in the first half of 2020 as Covid-19 swept through the country, health data published Thursday found, a decline not seen since World War II.

Racial minorities suffered the biggest impact from January through June 2020, with Black Americans losing nearly three years and Hispanics losingnearly two years, according to preliminary estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health experts say the data shows the impact of the coronavirus, but also more broadly deaths from heart disease, cancer and other severe health conditions.

NBC Covid-19 cuts U.S. life expectancy by a year in first half of 2020, biggest drop since WWII