Wednesday, April 14

The pandemic is reducing life expectancy in Quebec

(Quebec) Life expectancy at birth decreased in 2020, by five months for men and eight months for women, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reports the Institut de la statistique du Québec ( ISQ) Wednesday morning.

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“The magnitude of these declines is an exception, because life expectancy tends to increase over the years,” said the ISQ in a press release.

This drop in life expectancy at birth is a direct consequence of deaths linked to the pandemic, explains the ISQ. The number of deaths increased by 10% between 2019 and 2020, while the average annual increase was less than 2% over the last decade.

Life expectancy at birth in 2020 was 80.6 years for men and 84.0 years for women.

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