Life expectancy losses during the COVID-19 pandemic and future prospects

This is a hybrid event with in-person speaker. You will need to register and indicate whether you wish to attend in person or via Zoom.

Variations in the age patterns and magnitudes of excess deaths, as well as differences in population sizes and age structures make cross-national comparisons of the cumulative mortality impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic challenging. Life expectancy is a widely-used indicator that provides a clear and cross-nationally comparable picture of the population-level impacts of the pandemic on mortality. This talk will be about the impact of the pandemic on high income countries in 2020, and prospects for 2021, as well as comparisons with trends observed in 2015-19. Using demographic methods, we further examine which specific age groups contributed to reductions in life expectancy in 2020 and to what extent reductions were attributable to official COVID-19 deaths.