Covid effect: life expectancy falls in Lombardy

Covid effect: life expectancy falls in Lombardy
Covid effect: life expectancy falls in Lombardy

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One year and two months less in Italy, double in Lombardy, almost quadruple in the provinces most affected by Covid: it is the decline in life expectancy ascertained in 2020 by Istat survey on the measures of fair and sustainable wellbeing of the territories which certified the tragic impact of the pandemic with the data published today.

And with its over 25,000 coronavirus deaths last year (now there are almost 34 thousand) could only be Lombardy is the region where the decline is most evident: if throughout Italy life expectancy at birth fell to 82 years (79.7 years for men and 84.4 for women), the areas most affected by covid such as Bergamo, Cremona and Lodi recorded a decline for men aged 4.3 and 4.5, the highest figures ever.

Almost two and a half years were lost in Brescia: if in 2019 life expectancy was 83.7 years, in 2021 it fell to 81.2. In detail, for males, it went from 81.3 years in 2019 to 78.5 in 2020; for women, in 12 months lost just over two years, from 86.1 to 83.9.

The decrease recorded for women residing in Bergamo is also very significant, with life expectancy reduced by 3.2 years.

These changes, writes Istat, «bring important changes to the life expectancy ranking by province, with Lodi, Bergamo, Cremona, Brescia, Piacenza and Parma which, compared to 2019, they lose more than 50 positions».

The transport of coffins with military trucks in Bergamo – Photo ©

In Brescia, Covid caused more deaths even in 2021

If Istat now certifies that 2020 was an annus horribilis, however, 2021 has more deaths in the Brescia area than in the pre-pandemic period, a sign that the effects of Covid are still being felt.

According to the monitoring published at the end of August by Istat and the Higher Institute of Health, in fact, in the first months of this year there were 923 more deaths in our province than the average for the five-year period 2015-2019.

In the first six months of 2021 in Bresciano there were 7,044 deaths from all causes (therefore not only for Covid): in the same period of 2020 there were 10,496, against a 2015-2019 average of 6,121. This is, for 2021, a growth of 15% compared to the pre-Covid average.

A higher figure than the regional and national ones, which stops at 8%. This is because, it should be remembered, Brescia was one of the provinces most affected by the third wave due to the rapid spread of English variant.

Confidence in the “vaccine effect”

Several comments and reflections arrived on the Istat Survey on the Measures of Fair and Sustainable Wellbeing of the territories. «We believe that this reduction is due to this year and a half of Covid and we are working to increase life expectancy again throughout the region ”, commented the vice president and councilor for welfare of the Lombardy Region Letizia Moratti.

If the mayor of Lodi Sara Casanova focuses on vaccines as “a weapon in our possession to try to counteract the decline in life expectancy”, the mayor of Codogno, who is also president of the Province of Lodi, Francesco Passerini, explains that he is not ” not at all worried “by these data:” It is clear – he explained – that, with the pandemic, we experienced a tsunami that upset almost every parameter“. «I expect – he continued – that the situation will improve already next year and then return, in a short period, to the pre-pandemic data. The data is closely linked to the nightmare we experienced which was a hurricane ».

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