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Life expectancy of American men has dropped 2.2 years from 2019; drop overall most since WWII

… drop greatest among working-age people

The numbers could hardly be more brutal. Since 2019 and the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the life expectancy of people throughout the world has dropped significantly.

In the U.S., which has been hit harder than almost every other country, that life expectancy has been particularly hard on American men.

The study by Oxford University has illustrated how devastating these numbers are.

Dropped in 22 countries

According to the study, this has been the greatest drop in life expectancy in more than 75 years,

The COVID-19 pandemic reduced life expectancy in 2020 by the largest amount since World War Two, according to a study published on Monday by Oxford University, with the life expectancy of American men dropping by more than two years.

Life expectancy fell by more than six months compared with 2019 in 22 of the 29 countries analysed in the study, which spanned Europe, the United States and Chile. There were reductions in life expectancy in 27 of the 29 countries overall.

The university said most life expectancy reductions across different countries could be linked to official COVID-19 deaths. There have been nearly 5 million reported deaths caused by the new coronavirus so far, a Reuters tally shows.

"The fact that our results highlight such a large impact that is directly attributable to COVID-19 shows how devastating a shock it has been for many countries," said Dr Ridhi Kashyap, co-lead author of the paper, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

Victor Jack, “COVID-19 pandemic cut life expectancy by most since World

War Two –study,” Reuters, September 27, 2021

Men hit much worse than women

The reality is that men, including working men, have been hurt tremendously by this,

There were greater drops in life expectancy for men than women in most countries, with the largest decline in American men, who saw life expectancy drop by 2.2 years relative to 2019.

Overall, men had more than a year shaved off in 15 countries, compared to women in 11 countries. That wiped out the progress on mortality that had been made in the previous 5.6 years.

In the United States, the rise in mortality was mainly among those of working age and those under 60, while in Europe, deaths among people aged over 60 contributed more significantly to the increase in mortality.

Victor Jack, Reuters, September 27, 2021

This destroys the myth that Covid has been destructive just to people in the U.S. who were elderly. I will look at the study a little more to see some more of the demographics.

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