The average life expectancy in the U.S. plunged by a year in the first half of 2020 and is expected to get worse as the full impact of the pandemic is felt. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, a person born in the U.S. now could expect to live to 77.8 years based on data from January through June 2020, compared with 78.8 years in 2019. Researchers cite the impact of COVID-19 deaths along with the continuing increase in drug overdose deaths and expect the trend to continue. Estimates based on CDC’s National Vital Statistics System show that total overdose deaths spiked to record levels with growth in monthly overdose deaths by 50% between February and May 2020. The final 2020 total in the United States could exceed 90,000 overdose deaths, compared to 70,630 in 2019. That would not only be the highest annual number on record but the largest single-year percentage increase in the past 20 years
CSSE is reporting 31,336,905 positive cases in the U.S. and 563,375 deaths. DOH reported 2,134,914 confirmed cases in Florida yesterday, with 34,120 deaths.