Death rates for adults shot up in 2020
Death rates increased for each age group 15 years and older in 2020, according to the CDC's final 2020 death data released Wednesday.
Why it matters: The data reflects the impact of COVID-related illness last year, as well as increases in such other causes of death as unintentional injuries.
By the numbers: Life expectancy for the U.S. population in 2020 was 77 years, a decrease of 1.8 years from 2019.
- "In 2020, a total of 3,383,729 resident deaths were registered in the United States — 528,891 more deaths than in 2019," the CDC said.
- COVID-19 was responsible for the deaths of 350,831 people, approximately 10.4% of the total number of deaths last year
Between the lines: The drop was 0.3 years more than previous CDC estimates, which indicated that life expectancy had dropped by a year and a half last year. The decrease is still the biggest since World War II.