Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Matt Davies)

In other news, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced to creation of a select committee to investigate the attack on the capitol after Republicans killed an independent commission.

Meanwhile, nearly all coronavirus deaths in the U.S. are now among people who weren't vaccinated.

Finally, average life expectancy in the U.S. declined even more than anticipated in 2020 according to CDC data and more than it did in other countries.

“I naively thought the pandemic would not make a big difference in the gap because my thinking was that it’s a global pandemic, so every country is going to take a hit,” said Steven Woolf, director emeritus of the Center on Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University, who led the new study. “What I didn’t anticipate was how badly the U.S. would handle the pandemic.” [...]

Between 2018 and 2020, the decrease in average life expectancy at birth in the U.S. was roughly 1.9 years — 8.5 times the average decrease in 16 comparable countries, which was about 2.5 months. The decrease widened the gap between the U.S. and its peers to nearly 5 years, but the difference is much larger among Black and Hispanic Americans.

Compared with white Americans, whose average life expectancy at birth dropped by about 1.4 years between 2018 and 2020, the average Hispanic American’s decreased by just under 3.9 years. The average lifespan of a Black American decreased by 3.25 years.