Research report 2021 - Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

Covid-19: Life expectancy decreased in most high-income countries

Jdanov, Dmitri A.
Arbeitsbereich Demografische Daten
Max-Planck-Institut für demografische Forschung, Rostock
A team including researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research is collecting mortality data in a new database. These data allow to follow the course of the Covid-19 pandemic only a few weeks later. An analysis for 37 high-income countries based on the data has shown that life expectancy decreased in 31 of the countries in 2020. A total of about 28 million more years of life were lost than expected. And the years of life lost associated with the Covid-19 pandemic were more than five times higher than those associated with the seasonal influenza epidemic in 2015.

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