As we have been reporting, America, the junk food heavyweight of the world, has been experiencing a drop in life expectancy over the past several years.
But now, with the draconian COVID War lockdowns that have destroyed the lives and livelihoods of scores of millions, life expectancy in the U.S. has been shortened by 1.5 years. Adding to the down trend, homicides, drug overdoses, liver disease, and chronic illness are also seen as significant factors.
Sadly, the Trends Journal has been predicting increases in preventable deaths during the outbreak because people were not keeping up with their regular doctor’s appointments, there has been a lack exercise due to lockdowns, and more people have been consuming alcohol at troubling levels.
On 16 February, we published an article, “MORE LOCKDOWNS=RISE IN ALCOHOLIC LIVER DISEASE,” and it pointed out that alcoholism has been on the rise in the U.S. for some time, with some 15 million Americans diagnosed with alcohol-related liver disease, in 2020, when COVID was reported to be spreading across the U.S. Some hospitals reported seeing a 50 percent increase of admissions for alcoholic liver disease in 2020. We also ran a report on 10 November, titled “LOCKDOWN MADNESS: CURE WORSE THAN THE DISEASE.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that life expectancy in the U.S. fell to 77.3 years, which was the same level as in 2003, according to the Associated Press. One official at the CDC said he does not anticipate life expectancy to rebound in 2021, and believes it could decline again. One fear is that another COVID-19 variant may emerge rendering vaccines ineffective.
The CDC found that COVID-19 was blamed as the root cause or contributing factor in 385,201 deaths in 2020, but was still the third-leading cause of death in the year. Heart disease and cancer continue to lead in that category, killing 690,882 and 598,932, respectively.
“Increases in other leading causes, especially heart disease, Alzheimer disease, and diabetes, may also reflect disruptions in health care that hampered early detection and disease management,” JAMA Network reported. “Increases in unintentional injury deaths in 2020 were largely driven by drug overdose deaths. Final mortality data will help determine the effect of the pandemic on concurrent trends in drug overdose deaths.”
The report said that longevity in the U.S. has been essentially stagnant for the past 10 years due to a jump in drug overdose and heart disease deaths among the middle-aged. Other peer nations did not see such a drop.
Steven Woolf, the director emeritus of the Center on Society and Health at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of medicine, said getting back to where the country was before should not be the ideal.