US life expectancy in 2020 saw biggest drop since second world war Public health officials say life expectancy fell by a year a half, with Covid responsible for much of the decline US life expectancy decreased by 1.5 years during the pandemic – the largest drop since WWIIHispanic and Black populations in the U.S. saw the largest declines in life expectancy during the COVID-19 pandemic, new data shows. COVID-19 deaths push drop in life expectancyU.S. Life expectancy gets even shorter for AmericansLife expectancy in the US fell by 1.5 years last year in a “catastrophic” rate of decline not seen since the height of the Second World War.The figure came down to 77.3 years, with a bigger fall for Life Expectancy in U.S. Dropped 1.5 Years in 2020, Largely From the PandemicThe 18-month drop was the steepest decline since World War II, according to federal statistics. Black and Hispanic Americans were disproportionately affected. US life expectancy drops by steepest level since Second World WarInequalities exposed by Covid create three year fall for Black and Hispanic Americans Covid-19 pandemic drives US life expectancy fallData shows the average American lifespan declined by one-and-a-half years in 2020.