Covid-19 Could Lead To Declines In Life Expectancy

A new global study examining period life expectancy finds that the pandemic could lead to a short-term decline in life expectancy in many areas of the world.

The study, published in the journal PLOS One, shows that unless we can contain the spread of Covid-19, it will most likely result in a reduction in life expectancy in those regions that are most affected by the disease.

In some countries, COVID-19 has become one of the leading causes of death for the entire population.

It took Europe almost 30 years for average life expectancy at birth to increase by six years—from 72.8 years in 1990 to 78.6 years in 2019. COVID-19 could thus set back this indicator in 2020 to the values observed some time ago.

Sergei Scherbov, a researcher involved in the study