A report by Public Health England (PHE) says life expectancy in England has fallen to its lowest level since 2011.
According to the findings of the report, the death toll between 21 March 2020 and 2 July 2021 was 1.4 times higher than expected.
The report said the largely pandemic-induced increase resulted in a reduction in life expectancy by 1.3 years for men to 78.7 years, and a reduction of 0.9 years in women to 82.7 years – the shortest life expectancy since 2011 anticipation.
The life expectancy disparity between people in the most and least disadvantaged areas is also increasing. The male life expectancy gap between the least and least deprived areas in England is 10.3 years in 2020, a year higher than 2019 levels.
Similarly, for women, the same gap was 8.3 years in 2020, 0.6 years more than in 2019.
The inequality gap has reached its highest level since it began recording data on deprived life expectancy two decades ago, the PHE report said.
Its report said: “This shows that the pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities in life expectancy from deprivation.
“Covid-19 was the cause of death that contributed the most to the gap in 2020, however, higher mortality rates from heart disease, lung cancer and chronic lower respiratory diseases remained significant contributors in disadvantaged areas.”
Although the coronavirus was a major contributor to this growing gap, the report noted that high mortality rates from heart disease, lung cancer and chronic lower respiratory diseases still remain major factors in disadvantaged areas.
The report also found evidence that people with deteriorating health conditions did not seek treatment between May 2020 and January 2021. The most common reason for this was to avoid putting pressure on the NHS followed by fear of catching the coronavirus.
Dementia-related deaths remained a pre-existing main health condition, accounting for more than a quarter of coronavirus deaths between March and June 2020.
Elsewhere in the report, PHE said there has been an “unprecedented increase” in alcohol-related deaths, with a 20 percent increase in alcohol-related deaths in 2020 compared to 2019.
In conclusion, PHE said: “The report highlights how the direct impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected ethnic minority groups, people living in disadvantaged areas, older people and those with pre-existing health conditions. substantially affected.
“There has been substantial indirect impact on the education and mental health of children and on employment opportunities throughout life, but especially for young people working in sectors such as hospitality and entertainment.
“Furthermore, it is clear that access and access to a range of health services has been disrupted during the pandemic and its long-term effects are yet to be realized.”
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