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The covid-19 pandemic reduced life expectancy in America, warns PAHO

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The covid-19 pandemic reduced life expectancy in America, warns PAHO

Life expectancy in Latin America and the Caribbean fell 2.9 years, from 75.1 years in 2019 to 72.2 in 2021, PAHO highlights in a report. In North America it fell 1.8 years. “The drop in life expectancy can be reversed to the extent that countries advance with vaccination against covid-19, strengthen their health services to provide care for all and reduce inequities,” said Sebastián García Saiso, Director of the Department of Evidence and Intelligence for Action in Health at PAHO


The population of America lost 2.9 years of life expectancy since 2019 due to the impact of covid-19, according to the Health in the Americas report broadcast this Tuesday, September 27 by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

With more than 177 million cases and 2.8 million deaths, America has sometimes become the epicenter of the covid-19 pandemic, which has “directly and indirectly affected the health of the population and threatened progress against various diseases,” said Sebastián García Saiso, director of PAHO’s Department of Evidence and Intelligence for Action in Health.

Life expectancy in Latin America and the Caribbean fell 2.9 years, from 75.1 years in 2019 to 72.2 in 2021, highlights the publication, which is based on estimates from the World Population Prospects 2022 of the UN.

Life expectancy also fell in North America, where a reduction of 1.8 years is observed.

“The drop in life expectancy can be reversed to the extent that countries advance with vaccination against covid-19, strengthen their health services to provide care for all and reduce inequities,” said García Saiso.

According to the report, the region concentrated 37% of all covid-19 cases and 45% of deaths globally. Although North America recorded 55% of cases in the region, 62% of deaths occurred in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Continuity of care and health professionals have also been affected by the pandemic. Until the end of 2021, 93% of countries reported interruptions in the provision of essential health services for all modalities, while, until November 2021, 41 countries and territories reported almost 2.4 million cases among health personnel and 13,081 deaths

With information from AFP


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