Figure of the Day: Humanity Lost 28 Million Years of Life Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

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Figure of the Day: Humanity Lost 28 Million Years of Life Due to Coronavirus Pandemic
Figure of the Day: Humanity Lost 28 Million Years of Life Due to Coronavirus Pandemic
4 November 2021, 19:08In the worldPhoto: Newsday
Researchers from the University of Oxford have calculated how many years of life have been lost due to coronavirus in 37 countries, including Russia, the United States and Italy.

Oxford scientists found that the pandemic caused the loss of 28 million years of life in 2020, NewScientist reports. The researchers came to this conclusion by analyzing excess mortality in each country, the age of those who died and the average life expectancy in each country.

The final figure is greatly underestimated, as it concerns only 37 countries. Globally, the total number of years of life lost due to the pandemic will be much higher, many countries in Asia, Africa or South America were not included in the analysis due to lack of data.

Six countries, including New Zealand, Denmark and South Korea, have not seen an increase in the death toll from the pandemic. In 31 of the countries analyzed, more than 28 million years of life were lost. The researchers also looked at the decline in life expectancy in each country by 2020. The biggest drops were observed in Russia, USA and Bulgaria.

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