How the COVID-19 pandemic lowered life expectancy in Canada last year – CBC

How the COVID-19 pandemic lowered life expectancy in Canada last year – CBC

by tumpa on June 11, 202140 Views

Life expectancy measure, while preliminary, helps put the pandemic’s 2020 death toll in context

Jun 11, 2021

COVID-19 deaths led to a five-month decrease in life expectancy at birth last year, recent data released by Statistics Canada suggest, potentially putting the country at a level not seen in seven years.

The findings varied widely across the country, with Quebec logging a drop in life expectancy of almost a year while the Atlantic provinces and the territories barely saw any change, confirming major differences in the pandemic’s toll by region. Some experts also suggest that life expectancy doesn’t capture the long-term toll of COVID-19.

The numbers released by Statistics Canada are not a reason to hit the panic button, said Marisa Creatore, the associate scientific director at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and an assistant professor in public health at the University of Toronto.

“We’re in the middle of a pandemic, so we would expect that the mortality rates would be a little bit higher right now,” she said, adding it was very unlikely that these rates would continue for the entire lifespan of a baby born today.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/covid-19-deaths-shortened-life-expectancy-by-5-months-1.6060335

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