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.

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