COVID-19 Sees Biggest Fall In Life Expectancy Since World War Two
Provided By - Video Elephant on September 27, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has cut life expectancy by the largest amount since World War Two, according to a new study.
The study, published by Oxford University, claims that life expectancy fell by more than six months compared with 2019.
22 out of the 29 countries analyzed saw a reduction in life expectancy in comparison to previous years.
"The fact that our results highlight such a large impact that is directly attributable to COVID-19 shows how devastating a shock it has been for many countries," Dr. Ridhi Kashyap.
Overall, men saw a greater drop in life expectancy in most countries in comparison to women.
The largest decline was seen in American men, who saw their life expectancy fall by 2.2 years relative to 2019.
Men saw a reduction of over a year in 15 countries in comparison to women in 11 countries.
COVID-19 wiped out the progress on mortality that the world had made in the previous 5.6 years.