Coronavirus deaths: COVID-19 shortens a victim’s life by this many years on average

Coronavirus deaths: COVID-19 shortens a victim’s life by this many years on average

Coronavirus will mark a dark chapter in this nation’s history. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s grim forecast back in March sums up the tragedy that has befallen the UK. In the daily press briefing at the time, he said: “Many more families are going to lose loved ones before their time.” Indeed, many lives have been lost since then.

In comparison, the number of years lost barely changed for one underlying condition (35.03).

The figure was 29.67 for people in their fifties with two conditions – and 19.39 for those with five.

Dr McAllister and his colleagues explained that differences in the types of illnesses led to a “wide variability” in the impact the virus had on their lives.

The study they used in their research focused on people with heart disease, irregular heartbeat, heart failure, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, dementia, COPD, cancer, liver failure and kidney disease.

“Recently, there have been reports of a greater-than-expected number of younger patients being hospitalised for, and sometimes dying from, serious strokes,” reports Harvard Health.

Early evidence suggests coronavirus is causing blood clot formations in the body.

As Harvard Health explains, strokes occur when the brain’s blood supply is interrupted, usually due to a blood clot.

“COVID-related strokes occur because of a body-wide increase in blood clot formation, which can damage any organ, not just the brain,” it explains.

Published at Tue, 05 May 2020 07:31:00 +0000