HAVANA, Sept. 3th Americans can now expect to live three years less than CubansLife expectancy in the United States has fallen sharply over the past two years, to the point that the average Cuban will now live nearly three years longer than the average American.
The latest figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that in 2021, life expectancy at birth in the United States is now 76.1 years, down nearly a full year. compared to the 2020 figure.
Life expectancy for men is now 73.2 years and for women 79.9 years.
This decline means that several countries have caught up with or overtaken the United States. According to World Bank data, Cuba’s life expectancy is 78.9 and China’s is 77.1, although both figures are from 2020 rather than 2021.
Other countries that lead the United States in life expectancy include Colombia, Uruguay and Chile; Costa Rica, Panama and Puerto Rico; and Turkey, Greece and Albania.
All of these countries have a GDP per capita in dollars less than half that of the Americans.
The United States ranks about 50th in the world for life expectancy (depending on data and what counts as a country or territory), and that’s dropped 2.7 years since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19.
There is a great disparity between ethnic groups in the United States as well as gender. For example, an Asian woman is expected to live to be 85.6 years old, while for a black man this figure is 66.7 years old.
The CDC said in the latest report that about half of the drop in data was due to COVID-19.
However, the decrease in mortality from pneumonia (38.5%) worked in the other direction, as did a reduction in the risk of other respiratory diseases and Alzheimer’s disease. Other factors contributing to the decline are unintentional injuries, including overdoses and car accidents.
Life expectancy in Cuba has been less than a year behind or ahead of that of the United States since 1970 when people in both countries could expect to live to around 70.
Cubans have access to free health care, which is one of the key socialist principles. The country has a high ratio of health professionals and focuses on prevention and primary care.
In 1970, the Chinese life expectancy was 59 years. In the years since, China’s life expectancy has steadily caught up and may now surpass that of the United States, according to the country’s 2021 data.
According to the World Bank, global life expectancy fell from 72.76 to 72.75 for the first time in 2020, after recording 60 years of gains since 1960.
In that time, the United States has gone from 17 years ahead of the global average to just 4.5 years ahead in 2020, and potentially just three and a half years ahead when global data is released.