According to the RKI analysis, corona victims lost an average of 9.6 years of life
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Based on the infection reports to the RKI, scientists have made an estimate of how much life people in Germany lost in 2020 due to coronavirus diseases. Men lost more years of life on average.
WScientists from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) have calculated that an estimated 305,641 years of life were lost in Germany due to illnesses with the coronavirus.
The y have now published their calculations in the “Deutsches Ärzteblatt”.
The lost lifetime provides new information on the extent to which the pandemic will affect the health of the population in Germany. It appears as a further key figure in addition to the number of corona deaths, the incidence and the proportion of people admitted to hospital.
According to the calculation, a person who died with Corona lost an average of 9.6 years of their life, for people under 70 it was even 25.2 years.
The scientists assume the average life expectancy at a certain age, they do not consider previous illnesses.
The younger a person was who dies with Corona, the more years of life lost are to be assumed.
The procedure is based on a large study called “Global Burden of Disease”. She explores the causes of mortality and disease in 135 countries.
The researchers based their calculation on reports of laboratory-confirmed corona cases to the RKI for 2020. Since the reports usually arrive with a two to three week delay, they included reports by January 18, 2021. Age and gender can be taken from them. In addition, whether Covid-19 contributed significantly to death in the event of death or whether there were other causes of death.
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The study authors note, however, that further analyzes are necessary here.
The y also say that with Covid-19 a “multi-causal death can be assumed” and criticize the “unicausal recording” of the causes of death in Germany. This is “problematic” in this regard.
Men lost an average of around three more years of life
In their calculations, the scientists added up the years of life lost through death with life lost through health restrictions. Of the 305,641 years of life lost in the end, the vast majority is due to death as a result of a corona infection.
The investigation revealed gender differences: In men, more than a third of the years lost were under 70 years of age, in women it was only around a fifth. On average, men also lost eleven years of life, around three years more than women.
Overall, the researchers conclude, men die more often with Covid-19 disease, and more men die before they reach the age of 70. According to the study, this corresponds to the findings that women are more likely to be infected with corona, but men are more likely to become seriously ill at a younger age.
According to the 2020 calculations, the lost lifespan due to corona disease will be lower overall than those that usually cause other important causes of death such as cardiovascular diseases or cancer. However, the analysis of excess mortality suggests that the pandemic will have reached roughly the level of severe waves of influenza by the end of 2020.
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