Covid-19 Cost Americans More Years Of Life In 2020 Than All Accidents Combined In A Typical Year [Infographic]
The Pew Research Center has carried out a grim analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data which puts the human toll of Covid-19 into an even more glaring perspective. In addition to the total number of deaths from any given cause, researchers were able to estimate the total number of life years lost due to it by taking a person’s remaining life expectancy into account. For example, Pew states that “if a person with a life expectancy of 80 dies at age 50, they are estimated to have lost 30 years of life”. In 2019, the 600,000 cancer deaths recorded across the U.S. equated to some 10.2 million lives lost. Heart disease resulted in even more deaths that year, 660,000, though the total number of life years lost was lower at 8.8 million.
Covid-19 was responsible for 380,000 U.S. deaths last year (the CDC’s provisional toll) which works out at approximately 5.5 million years of life lost. That means that more years of life were lost to the pandemic in 2020 than to all accidents combined in a typical year, including traffic accidents, firearm accidents, drownings and drug overdoses. It is also triple the number of years of life lost to liver disease or diabetes in a typical calendar year. Pew states that the same data shows that the average number of years lost per U.S. coronavirus death in 2020 was 14 compared to 12 years lost per stroke death, 17 years lost per cancer death and 31 years lost per accidental death.