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Coronavirus pandemic caused the largest reduction in life expectancy recorded since World War II

The USA is one of the countries where there was a considerable reduction in life expectancy.

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We have been submerged for almost a year and a half in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic And according to official figures, until last August a total of 219 million cases of people who contracted Covid-19 were counted and of these, unfortunately 4.5 million patients lost their lives to the virus.

However, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the actual number of deaths from coronavirus is 2 or 3 times higher than this number, so in reality, the death toll from the coronavirus could be between 6 , 8 and 10 million.

If the figures can sound strong in themselves, recently Oxford University released the results of a study carried out by analyzing data collected in 29 countries regarding how the pandemic impacted human life expectancy.

The researchers analyzed life tables, by sex, of these nations, and with this they were able to obtain the average age of all the people who died in a specific period of time, which in this case was throughout 2019, year in which the pandemic started.

The conclusion reached by those who carried out this study is that life expectancy fell significantly over the course of this year and a half, with a contraction not seen since after World War II.

In the study entitled “Quantification of the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic through the loss of life expectancy: a study at the population level of 29 countries”, there are reductions of more than a full year of life in 11 countries for men and 8 for women.

The reduction in life expectancy was mainly due to the increase in mortality over 60 years and official deaths from coronavirus. “Women in 15 countries and men in 10 ended up with a lower life expectancy at birth in 2020 than in 2015,” the study points out.

In the particular case of how life expectancy was affected In the United States, the research indicates that this was reduced more drastically in men, when accounting for 2.2 years less.

“The fact that our results highlight such a large impact directly attributable to the pandemic shows how devastating COVID has been for many countries,” commented one of the study’s co-authors in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El País.

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