Coronavirus pandemic has knocked two years off life expectancy for average Brit

The study from Oxford University found that life expectancy for women has been cut from 83.5 years in 2019 to 81.8 years for those born in the first half of 2020, and from 79.9 years to 78 years for men.

Rachel Endley www.mirror.co.uk 

The coronavirus pandemic has slashed the life expectancy for Brits by two years, a study has revealed.

Researchers have found that Covid-19 has taken life expectancy in England and Wales back to 2008 levels.

The study from Oxford University found that life expectancy for women has been cut from 83.5 years in 2019 to 81.8 years for those born in the first half of 2020, and from 79.9 years to 78 years for men.

The study – designed to estimate the burden of Covid-19 on mortality and life expectancy in England and Wales – found the two nations were “amongst the worst performers in terms of excess deaths”.

It has raised fears that a possible second wave of the virus could impact life expectancy even further and its long-term health effects could also lead to earlier deaths.

Lead researcher Jose Manuel Aburto, of the Department of Sociology at Oxford University, explained that life expectancy in England and Wales had been steadily improving for 50 years before stagnating in the past decade.

The study stated: “We have provided estimates of life expectancy for 2019 and the first half of 2020, which show that life expectancy dropped a staggering 1.7 and 1.9 years for females and males respectively between those years.

“To put this in perspective, male and female life expectancy in the first half of 2020 regressed to the levels of 2008.”

The peer-reviewed study used official data on all-cause mortality from the Office for National Statistics from March 2 – the first time a Covid-19 death in England and Wales was registered – to the end of June.

A team of researchers then compared this data with previous trends, looking at excess death and life expectancy and lifespan inequality.

The study continued: “Quantifying excess deaths and their impact on life expectancy at birth provides a more comprehensive picture of the full Covid-19 burden on mortality.

A graph showing the ‘long tail’ of the coronavirus pandemic

“Whether mortality will return to or even fall below the base-line level remains to be seen.”

The shocking data has been released as the UK’s overall coronavirus death toll increased to 45,233 yesterday.

Yesterday’s death toll of 114 is more than double the 48 deaths that were recorded last Friday (July 10). The Friday before (July 3) recorded an increase of 137.

This week the increases have been 11 on Monday, 138 on Tuesday, 85 on Wednesday, 66 yesterday and 114 today.

The figures, released by the Department of Health and Social Care, includes fatalities that happened weeks or even months ago that have only been added to the official statistics in the previous 24 hours.

Of the 45,233 deaths 40,640 have been in England, 556 in Northern Ireland, 2,491 in Scotland and 1,546 in Wales.

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