COVID-19: Life Expectancy Has Dropped in Industrialized Countries | News from Germany about events in the world | DW

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a reduction in life expectancy in many industrialized countries in 2020. In total, we are talking about the loss of almost 28 million years of life, according to a report released by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research on Thursday, November 4. This is 5 times more than during the 2015 flu epidemic, experts said.

Experts from the Rostock Institute, along with colleagues from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, studied 37 countries and found a decline in 31 countries. The biggest drop in life expectancy fell in Russia (2.33 years for men and 2.14 years for women), the United States (2.27 years and 1.61 years, respectively) and Bulgaria (1.96 years and 1.37 years, respectively). ).

In Germany, life expectancy has also dropped, but by less than a year. At the same time, she grew up in New Zealand, Norway and Taiwan, but in Denmark, Iceland and South Korea, it has not changed, it follows from the study. This may be the result of successful responses to the pandemic, the authors admit.

Distribution of SARS-CoV-2 in the world

The RNA-containing coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease COVID-19, has been detected in more than 248 million people since the beginning of the pandemic, over 5 million patients with this infection have died, and about 225 million have recovered. Most of the confirmed infections (over 46 million) and deaths (over 750 thousand) are in the United States.

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