How the COVID-19 pandemic lowered life expectancy in Canada last year
2021-06-11 from cbc.ca
COVID-19 deaths led to a five-month decrease in life expectancy at birth last year, recent data released by Statistics Canada suggest, potentially putting the country at a level not seen in seven years.
The findings varied widely across the country, with Quebec logging a drop in life expectancy of almost a year while the Atlantic provinces and the territories barely saw any change, confirming major differences in the pandemic's toll by region. Some experts also suggest that life expectancy doesn't capture the long-term toll of COVID-19.
The numbers released by Statistics Canada are not a reason to hit the panic button, said Marisa Creatore, the associate scientific director at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and an assistant professor in public health at the University of Toronto.
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