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COVID-19 Scan for Feb 19, 2021

More than 20.5 million years of life lost during COVID-19More than 20.5 million years of life may have been lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Scientific Reports study published yesterday.

The study also reports that, compared with the median mortality rate of the seasonal flu, COVID-19 deaths may be two to nine times higher.The researchers looked at mortality and life expectancy data in 81 countries through Jan 6, 2021, focusing on both COVID-related deaths and excess deaths.

By analyzing 1,279,866 deaths, they found that 20,507,518 years of life were lost over the study period.While this averages out to be about 16 years per death, years of life lost (YLL) were distributed unevenly across age groups.

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