2022 US life expectancy plunges for a second consecutive year. Experts underscore possible factors.

In the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the estimated American lifespan has shortened by nearly three years.

The last comparable decrease happened in the early 1940s, during the height of World War 2

NEW YORK – U.S. life expectancy dropped for the second consecutive year in 2021, falling by nearly a year from 2020, according to a government report being released Wednesday.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials blamed COVID-19 for about half the decline in 2021, a year

when vaccinations became widely available but new coronavirus variants caused waves of hospitalizations and deaths.