A new study finds that the COVID-19 epidemic in 81 countries and regions has cost people at least 20.5 million years of life expectancy, and the coronavirus has caused much more damage to human health than the flu.
According to the Guardian on the 18th, the study was published in the journal Scientific Report on the same day.
Experts engaged in the study investigated more than 1.27 million COVID-19 deaths in 81 countries and regions, and combined with data such as life expectancy and total COVID-19 deaths in relevant countries and regions to estimate Residents in these 81 countries and regions have lost 20507518 life expectancy due to the coronavirus epidemic, and the average life expectancy of each sick person has decreased by 16 years.
In these more than 20.5 million years of “lost of life” (YLLs), 44.9% of deaths between the ages of 55 and 75, 30.2% of deaths under 55 years of age and 25% of deaths over 75 years of age.
“Life loss year” is a medical concept that refers to the difference between a person’s life expectancy and his actual age at the time of death from COVID-19. Among them, COVID-19 has a much greater impact on male life expectancy than on females, with the loss of life 44% higher than the latter.
Héctor Pifarré i Arolas of the Center for Health and Economic Research of the University of Pompeii Fabra in Spain participated in the study.
He did not point out that some people who think that the people who die of COVID-19 are mainly those who do not live long even without COVID-19, and this idea It even forms the basis of certain policies. “We want to study it and provide a way to respond to this argument.”
In the United Kingdom, the loss of life caused by COVID-19 is 833,874 years, with an average decrease of 11.4 years per death (11.5 years for men and 10.8 years for women); in Spain, the year of loss of life is 572567, with an average of 11.24 years per death; Peru These two data are 764856 and 20.2 respectively.
The study also found that in rich countries and regions, a large part of the loss of life year comes from the elderly, while in low- and middle-income countries and regions, the largest part of the loss of life year comes from deaths under 55.
According to a report by the British Daily Mail on the 18th, Nepal’s average life expectancy per coronavirus death has decreased by nearly 26 years, ranking first in the countries and regions surveyed, followed by Taiwan, China (25 years), Bolivia (23 years), El Salvador (23 years) and the Dominican Republic (22 years). Year) and Kenya (22 years).
Although people have often compared COVID-19 with influenza since the outbreak, the study shows that in countries and regions with severe COVID-19, COVID-19 has taken two to nine times the human life expectancy of seasonal influenza.