Most countries under study saw a greater decline in life expectancy for men than women
American men’s life expectancy has dropped by more than two years during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study finds.
The Oxford University study published on Monday said men’s life expectancy fell by 2.2 years in 2020, the biggest drop since World War II, according to Reuters.
Life expectancy declined by more than six months compared to 2019 for 22 of the 29 countries analyzed for the study, which included the US and European countries.
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Overall, life expectancy has decreased in 27 of the 29 countries, the news outlet said.
Most of the life expectancy cuts can be linked to official COVID-19 deaths. The pandemic has so far claimed the lives of around 4.7 million people worldwide and infected around 232 million people, according to the latest data by Johns Hopkins University.
So far, more than 688,000 people have died in the US and about 43 million cases have been confirmed.
“The fact that our results highlight such a large impact that is directly attributable to COVID-19 shows how devastating it is to many countries,” said study co-lead author Dr. Ridhi Kashyap said, which was published in International Journal of Epidemiology.
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Most countries saw a greater decline in life expectancy for men than for women. Overall, life expectancy for men in 15 countries declined by more than a year compared to women in 11 countries.
In the US, the increased mortality rate was mainly among people of working age and those under 60. Meanwhile, in Europe, deaths over 60 contributed significantly to the increase in mortality.