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Life expectancy reduced by 2 years in India due to Covid – IIPS study

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A study by the International Institute for Population Studies (IIPS) has revealed that coronavirus pandemic has reduced life expectancy by almost two years. “The life expectancy at birth in 2019 was 69.5 years for men and 72 years for women, which came down to 67.5 years and 69.8 years, respectively, in 2020”, said Dr. Suryakant Yadav, Professor, IIPS who undertook the study. The analytical report was recently published in the journal ‘BMC Public Health’.

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“The 35-79 age group had excess deaths caused by COVID-19 in 2020 as compared to normal years and it is this group that has contributed immensely to the drop” added Dr. Yadav. His study report suggested that covid has mostly claimed the lives of men aged 39-69.

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The study was conducted to understand the burden repercussions of the Covid-19 on mortality patterns in the country. “Every time we are affected with some epidemic, the life expectancy at birth figures dwindle. For instance, after the HIV-AIDS epidemic in African nations, the expectancy had dropped. Once it was brought under control, the life expectancy recouped as well,” shared Dr. KS James, Director, IIPS.

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