Guardian: The Covid pandemic has caused the biggest decrease in life expectancy in western Europe since the second world war, according to a study.
Data from most of the 29 countries – spanning most of Europe, the US and Chile – that were analysed by scientists recorded reductions in life expectancy last year and at a scale that wiped out years of progress.
The biggest declines in life expectancy were among males in the US, with a decline of 2.2 years relative to 2019 levels, followed by Lithuanian males (1.7 years).
Life expectancy losses exceeded those recorded around the time of the dissolution of the eastern bloc in central and eastern Europe, according to the research, led by scientists at Oxford’s Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science.
COVID led to the largest fall in life expectancy since World War II in most developed nations. A study of death records in Europe/US/Chile found 27 nations experienced reductions in life expectancy at a scale that wiped out years of progress on mortality. https://t.co/MVDVKVfHWy pic.twitter.com/k2gnjPgF0y— Edouard Mathieu (@redouad) September 27, 2021
Dr José Manuel Aburto, a co-lead author of the study, said: “For western European countries such as Spain, England and Wales, Italy, Belgium, among others, the last time such large magnitudes of declines in life expectancy at birth were observed in a single year was during the second world war.”
Because the Covid-19 vaccines are so effective at preventing serious illness, Covid deaths are also showing a partisan pattern. Covid is still a national crisis, but the worst forms of it are increasingly concentrated in red America. pic.twitter.com/psOjDbLEWv— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) September 27, 2021
The findings are contained in a paper published in the International Journal of Epidemiology after the analysis of the 29 countries for which official death registrations for last year had been published. A total of 27 experienced reductions in life expectancy. Read more..