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Life expectancy declines in New York, study finds

Life expectancy in New York has seen a significant decrease, mirroring a national trend exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. While New Yorkers previously enjoyed a higher life expectancy than most of the United States, with an average of 80.7 years in 2019, this figure fell to 77.7 years by 2020. This drop from third to 15th in state rankings reflects the pandemic’s heavy toll, contributing to over 350,000 American deaths in 2020 alone.

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Across the U.S., life expectancy fell to its lowest since 2003, with the average American born in 2020 expected to live 77.3 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) attributes this decline primarily to COVID-19, marking the most significant impact on life expectancy reductions seen in recent years. New York State, in particular, faced substantial challenges, including heart disease, cancer, and COVID-19 as leading causes of death, alongside issues such as gun violence and overdose deaths affecting overall longevity.

However, there’s a silver lining as recent data indicates a rebound in life expectancy at the national level, with a rise to 77.5 years in 2022 from 76.4 the previous year. New York’s COVID death rate has also improved significantly, from one of the highest in the nation in 2020 to 27.1 per 100,000 by the end of 2022. As the state and the country continue to recover from the pandemic, these figures offer a glimmer of hope for future improvements in public health and longevity.