According to a WHO report, the hope of living in good health decreased by 1.5 years and stood at 61.9 years in 2021

The covid pandemic reduced the population’s life expectancy by almost 2 years, from 2019 to 2021, according to a WHO (World Health Organization) report on global health statistics. The study was published this Friday (May 24, 2024).

During the period, the hope of living in good health fell by 1.8 years, to 71.4 years. In 2021, it decreased by 1.5 years and stood at 61.9 years – returning to the same level as 2012 in both cases. Here is the full document, in English (PDF – 5 MB).

According to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom, “in just 2 years, the covid pandemic destroyed a decade of progress in life expectancy”.

“That’s why the new pandemic agreement [que os países integrantes da OMS estão negociando] It’s so important”he stated.

The health authorities of the entity’s 194 members negotiate new rules to combat pandemics. They hope to update existing measures on disease outbreaks and forge a new treaty to strengthen the world’s defenses against future pathogens.

According to Tedros Adhanom, the new agreement could “not only to strengthen global health security, but also to protect long-term investments in health and promote equity within and between countries.”

Places affected by the pandemic

The place most affected by the Covid pandemic, according to the WHO, was Southeast Asia, which saw a reduction in life expectancy of around 3 years and healthy life expectancy of 2.5 years.

The Western Pacific was the least affected region, with a decrease of less than 0.1 years in life expectancy and 0.2 years in healthy life expectancy.


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