Life years lost due to COVID-19 mortality

“Substantial number of life years lost but impact on long-term life expectancy limited”

This study sought to provide more clarity about the number of life years lost due to COVID-19 mortality and its effect on future life expectancy. That is difficult to measure because it depends on the still uncertain relation between Covid-19 mortality and other health problems. We therefore developed three scenarios: (1) the age-specific Covid mortality is independent of health, (2) Covid mortality is related to an underlying condition(COPD, diabetes or chronic heart failure), and (3) selective mortality in nursing homes.

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Key Takeaways for the Industry

  • The positive impact of selective COVID-19 mortality on future life expectancy seems to be limited.
  • The long-term detrimental health effects of COVID-19 infection on future life expectancy remain to be seen.

 

Need to know more?

Read the paper “Verloren levensjaren als gevolg van sterfte door COVID-19” (Dutch only) van Bram Wouterse, Frederique Ram, Pieter van Baal – Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management.

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