Life expectancy in the United States has decreased significantly over the past two years. This means that, on average, people born in the US are now expected to live shorter lives than before.
The main causes of this decline are COVID-19, a disease caused by the coronavirus, and drug overdoses, particularly those involving synthetic opioids like fentanyl.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many deaths in the US, making it the third leading cause of death in the country for two years.
In addition to COVID-19, other health issues such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and kidney disease have also contributed to increased deaths.
Deaths from drug overdoses and alcohol-related liver disease have also contributed to the decline in life expectancy.
The decrease in life expectancy has affected both men and women, but women are still expected to live, on average, longer than men.
In addition, death rates have increased for most racial and ethnic groups, with the greatest increases seen among white men and women and American Indian or Alaska Native women.