January 26, 2022

2021 expected to end as nation’s deadliest year

The current year is expected to surpass 2020 to become the deadliest year in the nation’s history, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The 3.3 million deaths last year is likely to be passed by the end of the current calendar year once data is completed, marking a new record that has lowered the average life span in the U.S. after two years of the coronavirus.

The new average life expectancy in the U.S. is now at 77 years, a nearly two-year drop from the pre-2020 average.

In addition to the pandemic, deaths due to drug overdoses will rank over 100,000 for the first time, according to the Associated Press.

The pandemic has had a strong impact on mental health as well as physical health, contributing to increased problems with drugs and suicide.

The nation will need to address more than just the coronavirus to help those struggling with the leading causes of death in order to improve the situation in the coming year.

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