The Covid-19 health crisis and its murderous toll has a definite impact on the life expectancy of the French, which is declining for the first time in five years.
The life expectancy of the French is falling
The Covid-19 will have had a negative impact on the life expectancy of the French. According to INSEE, women’s life expectancy at birth fell by 0.5% in 2020 and by 0.6% for men. Thus, in France, life expectancy at birth is 85.1 years for women and 79.1 years for men. INSEE notes that this is the first decline in life expectancy for five years and that it is “ more marked than in 2015, when the winter flu epidemic was very deadly “.
The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies estimates that this drop is linked to the excess mortality caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The INSEE report estimates that ” the decline in life expectancy is mainly due to the increase in deaths at older ages “. The Health Agency for its part estimates that the average age of people who have died from Covid-19 is 81 years old.
2020, a murderous year
In addition to the decline in life expectancy at birth for the French, the year 2020 was marked by an increase in the number of deaths. Here again, the Covid-19 is the primary reason for this increase. Thus, the INSEE report highlights that in 2020, “ 669,000 people died in France: this is 56,000 more than in 2019, an increase of 9.1% “.
INSEE also notes that it is the excess mortality of the elderly, linked to Covid-19 that has led to the decline in life expectancy. ” For women, the increase in deaths after 70 years explains 91% of the decrease in life expectancy, compared to 85% for men “. Currently at the heart of the third wave of the pandemic, the number of people who have died from Covid-19 has reached 94,983 according to data from Public Health France.