Life expectancy in the U.S. continues to drop, driven by COVID-19

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Flags at the Washington Monument commemorate Americans who died from COVID-19. In 2021, life expectancy in the U.S. fell for the second year in a row.

Americans’ life expectancy dropped for the second year in a row and is now the lowest it’s been since the 1920s. COVID-19 is driving the downward trend, according to CDC data.

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