US News Covid-19 deaths evaluated: people under 75 lose the most life time worldwide
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Thepandemic has cost an estimated 20.5 million years of life worldwide - as of the beginning of January. This emerges from by an international research team that was published in the journal "Nature". The researchers, including those from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock (MPIDR), evaluated almost 1.3 million Covid 19 deaths from 81 countries.
They wanted to find out how old the people were who died of or with Covid-19 and how much life they lost compared to the average life expectancy in the respective countries. The older a deceased person was at the time of death, the less life they lost in this model.
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On average in the 81 countries examined, only just under a quarter of the years of life lost were accounted for by those who were older than 75 at the time of death. This means that three quarters of the lifespan of those under 75 has been lost. Almost a third was even attributable to people under 55. The results thus contradict the frequently held thesis that the majority of the deceased would suffer from serious previous illnesses anyway and would therefore not have lived long without Covid-19.Population loses up to nine times more life due to Covid-19 than in an influenza season
A look at the country-specific data shows that the group of over 75 years in countries with higher incomes usually carries more than half of the lost years of life. In countries with middle or low incomes, however, it is the other way around: There, the proportion of people under 55 in terms of years of life lost is higher.
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For severely affected countries such as Italy and the USA, the calculations showed that the population lost up to nine times more years of life than in an average flu season.
The numbers also showed that men lost 44 percent more life to Covid-19 than women. This is due to the fact that women were on average four years older at the time of death and died less often from Covid-19 than men, according to the researchers.
In their discussion, the authors point out that they may have overestimated or underestimated the absolute lost lifetime in their calculations. This is due to the underlying methodological challenges of recording Covid-19 mortality. Whether infectious mortality, the number of Covid-19 deaths or excess mortality - all methods have their own strengths and weaknesses.
The results of their study should also be understood as a snapshot during the pandemic. Nonetheless, it has been shown that the effects of Covid-19 on mortality are great - not only in terms of the number of deaths, but also in terms of lifetime lost, as Mikko Myrskylä, director of the MPIDR,says.
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