Life Expectancy Was Decimated in the U.S. Over the Past Two Years. Why?

Decline in life expectancy in the U.S. and 21 peer countries, 2019–2021

The U.S. is one of the richest countries in the world. But our public-health outcomes relative to other industrialized nations are consistently poor: most notably, Americans have much lower life expectancy than people in most Western European countries or Japan. And over the past two years, the gap widened considerably, thanks mainly to one thing: Covid.

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James Surowiecki

James Surowiecki

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I’m the author of The Wisdom of Crowds. I’ve been a business columnist for Slate and The New Yorker and written for a wide range of other publications.