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The coronavirus pandemic caused the loss of some 337 million years of life

Covid-19 caused the loss of 336.8 million years of life. Photo: AFP.

The first two years of the coronavirus pandemic cost about 337 million years of life, at cause the premature death of millions of peopleestimated this Friday the World Health Organization (WHO).

In 2020 and 2021 alone, Covid-19 caused the loss of 336.8 million years of life worldwide, according to the Geneva-based United Nations health agency.

“It’s like losing 22 years of life for each death more”Samira Asma, WHO deputy head of data and analysis, told reporters, citing AFP.

The calculation is based on data available in 2022. Since then, the death toll from Covid-19 has continued to risealbeit at a slower pace, which prompted the WHO to recently lift its maximum level of health alert, although it warned that the disease has not disappeared after more than three years of pandemic.

The official balance of deaths attributed to the disease is currently 6.9 million people, but many countries did not provide reliable data to WHOwhich estimates that the pandemic actually caused almost triple the number of victims in these three years, that is, at least 20 million deaths.

To do this, it is based on the calculation of excess mortality, defined as the difference between the real number of deaths and the estimated number of deaths in normal times.

The 20 million victims mentioned by the WHO include direct deaths from coronavirus and also deaths due to the impact of the pandemic on health systems.

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