EYECARE: Coronavirus BRIEFING: The Latest COVID-19 Data Americans Lost More Years of Life to COVID-19 in 2020 Than to All Accidents Combined in a Typical Year By Staff Wednesday, June 16, 2021 2:26 PM About 600,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 since the coronavirus outbreak began. But behind that huge figure is a more nuanced one that brings the human toll of the virus into even sharper relief.In addition to the overall number of deaths from a given cause, researchers can estimate the number of “life years” lost due to it—a statistic that takes life expectancy into account. For example, if a person with a life expectancy of 80 dies at age 50, they are estimated to have lost 30 years of life. Examining this statistic underscores the extent to which the virus has cut Americans’ lives short, according to a recent story from Pew Research Center. In 2020 alone, the coronavirus was responsible for about 380,000 deaths and roughly 5.5 million years of lost life in the United States, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number of life years lost is more than the number lost in a typical calendar year to all accidents combined—including traffic accidents, drownings, firearm accidents, drug overdoses and other poisonings—and more than triple the number of life years lost in a normal calendar year due to liver disease or diabetes.Click here to read the full story from Pew Research Center.