This is a disease so significant it has reduced global life expectancy, one of the best measures of human development.
No other war or disease has done that in more than 65 years, not even the HIV pandemic. The global estimates have been reinforced in several countries, including the United States, where life expectancy has fallen by almost three years since 2019.
Changes in life expectancy only happen when very large numbers of people die “before their time”.
Jessica Smith is a socialist and a feminist who loves animals, books, gaming, and cooking; she’s also interested in linguistics, history, technology and society.