Life expectancy in the United States declined by almost two years to 76.9 years between 2018 and 2020, the largest drop since World War II, according to a new study by a Virginia Commonwealth University professor.
All states have had more deaths than would have been expected without a pandemic, but Virginia's increase of so-called excess deaths is lower than the national average.
Thousands more Virginians than would be expected lost their lives during the past year. Hardest hit were the oldest among us who died directly from the coronavirus, but also from loneliness, isolation and perhaps less robust care. But they were not the only age group to have more deaths than would be expected.
For the second year in a row, the U.S. life expectancy rate dropped, decreasing in 2016 to 78.6, a loss of 0.1 from the previous year.