Coronavirus Kills People an Average of a Decade Before Their Time, Studies Find

Research, which can help governments assess economic cost of lockdowns, shows Covid-19 isn’t merely hastening the end for the already ill

The average Covid-19 victim died at least a decade earlier than their life expectancy, two studies showed. A funeral was held at an empty Paris church on Monday.

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People dying of Covid-19 could have expected to live on average for at least another decade, according to two studies that help fill in the developing picture of the human cost of the coronavirus pandemic.

The findings show the virus isn’t just carrying off the elderly or infirm a few months before their time.

香蕉视频苹果下载“Some people think that these people dying would have died this year anyway,” said Andrew Briggs, a professor of health economics at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine who led . “That’s simply not the case.”

As governments loosen lockdowns香蕉视频苹果下载 that have contained the disease but cratered economies, estimates of life-years lost can feed into initial assessments comparing the costs of the shutdowns against the social and economic benefits of saving lives.

Such cost-benefit studies, while coldly analytical, are a standard tool used by public health services, insurers and pharmaceutical companies.

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