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COVID-19 Pandemic Shortens Global Life Expectancy by 1.6 Years

COVID-19 Pandemic Shortens Global Life Expectancy by 1.6 Years



Latest Study: COVID-19 Pandemic Shortens Global Life Expectancy by 1.6 Years

A major study released on March 12 reveals that the COVID-19 pandemic has shortened the average life expectancy of the global population by 1.6 years during the first two years of the outbreak.

This decline is greater than previously expected, marking a reversal of the decades-long trend of increasing global life expectancy.

The study was published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet, with hundreds of researchers from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, USA, participating in the data analysis.

Austin Schumacher, an IHME researcher and the lead author of the report, stated, “For adults worldwide, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is more profound than any event in the past half century, including conflicts and natural disasters.”

He noted that between 2020 and 2021, 84% of the countries and regions analyzed in the report experienced a decrease in life expectancy, indicating the potentially devastating impact of the COVID-19 virus.

During this period, the mortality rate for males aged 15 and above increased by 22%, while for females, it increased by 17%. Mexico City, Peru, and Bolivia were among the places with the most severe decreases in life expectancy.

Researchers estimate that between 2020 and 2021, COVID-19 directly or indirectly caused 15.9 million excess deaths, which is 1 million more than the previous estimate by the World Health Organization.

Excess deaths are calculated by comparing the total number of deaths with the expected number of deaths that would have occurred in the absence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Barbados, New Zealand, and Antigua and Barbuda had the lowest excess mortality rates, as these three countries are relatively isolated island nations and were therefore somewhat shielded from the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The study also shows that from 1950 to 2021, the average global life expectancy increased by 23 years, from 49 years to 72 years. The populations of many aging, affluent countries have started to decline, while populations in less affluent countries continue to grow.

COVID-19 Pandemic Shortens Global Life Expectancy by 1.6 Years

COVID-19 Pandemic Shortens Global Life Expectancy by 1.6 Years

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