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It is easy to blame the pandemic, but it isn’t just because of that. In January 1996, US life expectancy had improved to 76.1 years. Healthier lifestyles and better understanding of biology helped extend life expectancy to 78.8 as of January 2019. Two years later, January 2021, it was back down to 76.1; and the pandemic wasn’t and isn’t over. Overdoses and accidents haven’t helped. Debates continue about many aspects of our health and our environment. These data demonstrate that we’re not getting healthier, and that’s something that’s less debatable.

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