Forbes September 27, 2021
Robert Hart


The Covid-19 pandemic caused one of the biggest drops in life expectancy since World War II, according to research published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, with American men and women suffering the biggest losses.

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Aburto said the Covid-driven losses were, for many Western European countries like Spain, England, Wales, Italy and Belgium, so large that the last time “such large magnitudes of declines in life expectancy at birth were observed in a single year was during WW-II.”

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The countries that successfully avoided drops in life expectancy (which partly included Finland, which staved off a decline in women only) implemented “early non-pharmaceutical interventions” and had strong healthcare systems. The researchers said these factors...

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