Research shows that Covid has impacted life expectancy of men & women in India
A statistical analysis conducted by Mumbai’s International Institute for Population Studies (IIPS) shows that life expectancy in India has dropped by roughly two years due to Covid-19 pandemic. According to Surayakant Yadav, who is an assistant professor at IIPS, mentioned that the life expectancy at birth for men and women has declined from 69.5 years and 72 years in 2019 to 67.5 years and 69.8 respectively in 2020.
However, life expectancy at birth is defined as the average number of years that a newborn is expected to live if the mortality pattern during their birth remains constant in the future. According to the research, the drop scale is so huge that it has wiped out years of progress on this front.
A significant drop in life expectancy has been found among males a decline of 2.2 years in the USA, followed by Lithuania (1.7 years) and Bulgaria (1.6), relative to 2019 levels. Men have suffered a bigger drop in life expectancy than women in most countries.
In the USA, the fall in life expectancy in 2020 was unprecedented for both women and men, as available data that stretches back to The Great Depression of 1933 shows. American women’s life expectancy declined by 1.65 years in 2020 compared to the previous year.
The research study revealed the countries that have complete vital registration systems and where high quality, age-disaggregated death registrations were available for all weeks of 2020. Unfortunately, for several countries such as India, we do not yet have the data available to do these types of calculationsso far in place.
With the pandemic still ongoing, experts said the Covid impact would be more visible in the coming days. Covid-19 puts a big strain on healthcare systems worldwide, with delays in care for other illnesses as well.