Is life expectancy at birth now higher in China than in the US?

If China thus overtakes America, this cannot really be explained by increased life expectancy at birth within the Middle Kingdom. If it climbs slowly but steadily, it is above all the brutal decline on the American side that now explains this reversal. The decline can be explained by a series of factors, starting with Covid-19. The pandemic actually killed more than a million Americans, and one in six deaths worldwide was even recorded in the United States. At the same time, let’s recall that China has adopted a “Zero Covid” strategy, which is radical.

Other factors have contributed to the decline in life expectancy at birth in the United States, with Covid-19 accounting for only half of that. Among other reasons mentioned, we must mention the opioid crisis in the United States, which is destroying public health. For example, between August 2019 and July 2020, statistics show that nearly 84,000 people across the Atlantic died of overdoses, including 61,000 (73%) due to overconsumption of opioids.

In conclusion, note that life expectancy in good health was already higher in China than in the United States. This is from 2018, as pointed out by Adam Douce. At the time, he adds, the United States “One of five countries experiencing a decline in healthy life expectancy at birth – the others being Somalia, Afghanistan, Georgia and St Vincent and the Grenadines”.

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