Brazilians lost almost 2 years of life expectancy in pandemic, and 2021 should be worse, says Harvard demographer

Brazilians lost nearly 2 years of life expectancy in 2020 because of the covid-19 pandemic. On average, babies born in Brazil in 2020 will live 1.94 years less than would be expected without the current health scenario in the country. That is, 74.8 years instead of the previously projected 76.7 years of life.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazilians' life expectancy has returned to the 2013 level. The drop interrupts a cycle of growth in life expectancy in the country, which started from an average of 45.5 years in 1945 to reach the estimated 76.7 years in 2020, an average gain of five months per calendar year.

The assessment of the impact of covid-19 on population survival was conducted by a team of researchers led by demographer Marcia Castro, a professor at Harvard University's School of Public Health. Life expectancy, that is, the estimate of how many years a given . . .

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