CDC says COVID lowered life expectancy by a year

Life expectancy in the United States dropped a staggering one year during the first half of 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic caused its first wave of deaths, health officials are reporting.

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- This morning, new data showing just how deadly this virus has been. The CDC reporting US life expectancy dropped in the first half of 2020, shaving off at least one year of life. It's the biggest decrease since World War II.

- And while that doesn't sound like a whole lot, at a population level, this is a huge decline.

- For minorities, the toll even greater, Black Americans losing nearly three years, Hispanics just shy of two. And with another round of winter storms barreling in, officials are warning weather is impacting vaccine deliveries.

- We want to make sure that as we've lost some time in some states for people to get needles in arms, that our partners do all they can to make up that lost ground.

- All of this comes as experts fear another COVID surge sparked by different variants.

- I'm pretty concerned about these variants. I do expect that they will become dominant by the latter half of March.

- The more transmissible UK variant and that South African variant could cause cases to rise. And overnight, Maryland's governor announcing the state's first confirmed case of the Brazil variant. New Jersey's governor with this message to residents.

- First of all, folks, don't travel to Brazil and South Africa right now. I couldn't be clearer.

- The CDC also urging everyone to postpone travel. But the good news, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines appear to offer protection against the new strains, including the highly transmissible South African variant.

And this morning, sources tell ABC News that the FBI is investigating New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's coronavirus task force and its handling of nursing homes early on in the pandemic. An aide conceded that they withheld death info from state lawmakers out of fear that the Trump administration would use it against the state. Cuomo said that he based his decisions off of federal guidelines at the time.