Despite the name, these life expectancy figures, known as “period life expectancy”, do not predict an actual lifespan.
Instead, they show the average age a newborn would live to if current death rates continued for their whole life.
And as Covid death rates are unlikely to continue long-term, the new estimates do not mean a boy born in 2020 will have a shorter life than one born in 2019.
But they do provide a snapshot of the effect of the pandemic that can be compared over time and between countries and different populations.
Author(s): Christine Jeavans
Publication Date: 23 Sept 2021
Publication Site: BBC