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Covid Is Shaving Years Off Life Expectancy in Sun Belt, Great Plains

A nurse checks on a patient in the Covid-19 ICU ward at a hospital in Jonesboro, Arkansas on Aug. 4.

A nurse checks on a patient in the Covid-19 ICU ward at a hospital in Jonesboro, Arkansas on Aug. 4.

Photographer: Houston Cofield/Bloomberg

Covid-19 has cut more than two years from life expectancy in 16 U.S. states in the past year, with the worst damage concentrated in the Sun Belt and the Great Plains.

In Texas, Covid-19 caused an implied reduction in life expectancy at birth of 2.6 years to 76.4 in the twelve months ending in September, according to an analysis of death statistics from University of California at Los Angeles sociology professor Patrick Heuveline, an update of data originally published in the BMJ Open journal.