According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 336.8 million life-years were lost due to Corona deaths during the pandemic.
Corona health emergency lifted by WHO
That estimate makes the accurate scale of the pandemic apparent, according to the U.N. health agency’s statistical yearbook, released Friday in Geneva. WHO attributes about 14.9 million deaths to the coronavirus in 2020/21 alone. On average, it said that lives were shortened by about 22 years each time.
Excess mortality increased significantly during Corona.
According to WHO statistics, the pandemic also negatively impacted the global fight against infectious diseases because vaccination and health services were temporarily unavailable. As a result, vaccinations against measles, tetanus, and other diseases declined, while malaria and tuberculosis were more common, he said.
Deaths from non-communicable diseases on the rise
Away from Corona, WHO expressed concern that the annual number of deaths from noncommunicable diseases will rise to about 77 million per year toward the middle of this century – nearly 90 percent more than in 2019. Even before 2019, WHO recorded significant increases in fatal heart disease, respiratory disease, and cancer. This trend was driven primarily by increases in global population and life expectancy. However, the likelihood of dying from such diseases has decreased worldwide in recent decades, WHO stressed.
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