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dissolving clock The three-year decline–which does not include the pandemic–is the largest sustained decline in life expectancy since the 1918 flu pandemic. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Life expectancy in the United States is dropping, and young and middle-aged Americans are dying at higher rates over the past three decades.

“We’re losing more and more Americans in the prime of their lives, in their most productive years and in their parenting years,” said Kathleen Mullan Harris, professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina.

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