Most developed countries have begun to recover the longevity losses they experienced during the pandemic; thus far, there’s scant evidence that the U.S. is following the trend. The U.S. suffered a greater rise in mortality and premature deaths than its peer countries during the pandemic years of 2019-21
These geographical disparities aren’t artifacts of pure geography or demographics; they’re the consequences of policy decisions at the state level.
“Mississippi has the highest infant mortality rate in the country, and some of the highest rates for preterm birth, low birthweight, cesarean section, and maternal death,” they wrote.
I’m also reposting the county-level data from the linked article because it’s remarkable.