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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 348

Covid-19 has slashed life expectancy in many rich countries

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 ottobre 2021

Welcome to our weekly newsletter highlighting the best of The Economist’s coverage of the pandemic and its effects. Demographers are used to seeing life expectancy rise steadily over time: in the 20th century lifespans in Britain rose by roughly three years every decade. The data from 2020 buck this trend, however, because of covid-19.Researchers in Britain, Denmark and Germany found that between 2019 and 2020 life expectancy at birth dropped in all but two of the 28 countries studied. Only in Denmark and Norway, and for women in Finland, did it rise. America, which has reported the world’s highest covid-19 death toll, fared worst, with male life expectancy at birth falling by more than two years. But in many other countries, including Italy, Poland and Spain, more than one year was wiped off expected lifespans. America is recording nearly 2,000 covid-19 deaths a day, according to a seven-day average compiled by Johns Hopkins University. That is only 40% below the country’s peak in January. But the true death toll is even worse. The Economist’s excess-deaths model, which estimates the difference between the actual and the expected number of deaths recorded in a given period, suggests that America is suffering 2,800 pandemic deaths per day compared with 1,000 in all other high-income countries combined (as defined by the World Bank). Adjusting for population, the death rate is now about eight times higher in America than in the rest of the rich world.Travellers, meanwhile, are eager to fly to America again. For 18 months the country’s borders have been shut to foreigners but, from November, vaccinated travellers will be allowed to enter provided they test negative for covid-19 within 72 hours of departure. People have already begun plotting their itineraries—searches for international flights to America have jumped by 32% since the announcement; searches for round-trip flights from Europe are up by 133%. Europe has become a great place for a growing brigade of digital nomads. This kind of itinerant lifestyle is as old as laptops and free internet, but covid-19 has given it a boost. Though pandemic restrictions are easing, the trend continues as many Europeans reject a traditional office routine after a year and a half of remote work. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The economist

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