A study published this Thursday in the specialized journal Scientific Reports points out that the average age of victims of COVID-19 would have advanced in Spain by more than a decade, specifically, by 11 years. According to a global count of the country, Until last January, the coronavirus would have killed more than half a million years of life for Spanish citizens.
Men, most affected by the virus
Men would have been the most affected, after this study, since of the 50,899 deaths analyzed, which corresponds to 572,657 years lost, men lost an average of 11.4 years. For their part, women lost 10.2.
“The impact, in terms of premature mortality, has been very diverse among the countries in the sample; our results indicate that the pandemic has had a particularly serious effect in Spain”, says the leader of this report, Héctor Pifarré i Ariolas, from the Center for Research in Economics and Health (CRES) of the Pompeu Fabra University.
More than 20 million years lost around the planet
More than 1,200,000 deaths in up to 81 countries on the planet and they have been compared with the life expectancy of each of these territories. Worldwide, SARS-CoV-2 would have claimed the lives of more than 20.5 million years.
In practically 45% of the time of life that has been lost due to the disease would have occurred among people whose age is between 55 and 75 years, being the age group most affected; something more of 30%, among people under 55 years of age; Y 25% among people over 75 years of age.
These figures will increase
All these data are not final yet, because the pandemic has not yet ended and the exact data of deaths are not known in all the countries of the world, which would surely increase those numbers of deaths, and therefore, also of lost years.