dissolving clock The overall gap in life expectancy between Blacks and whites is projected to widen to 40% — from 3.6 years to more than five years. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The coronavirus pandemic — which killed more than 336,000 people in 2020 — will shorten Americans’ life expectancy at birth by 1.13 years to 77.48 years, according to University of Southern California and Princeton University researchers. That is the largest single-year life-expectancy decline in at least 40 years.

The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, indicates that declines in life expectancy among Black and Latino communities are even starker. For Blacks, researchers project a life expectancy shortened by 2.10 years to 72.78 years; for Latinos, it’s shortened by 3.05 years to 78.77 years.

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