Median Age of Swiss Covid-19 Deaths Is 83. Swiss Life Expectancy Is 83

But two-thirds of the deceased are men whose life expectancy is 81

Official Swiss data from a report by the Federal Office of Public Health:

So far, 559 people have died in Switzerland who had tested positive for COVID-19 in the laboratory. There were 358 men (64%) and 201 women (36%). The age range of the deceased people ranged from 32 to 101 years. The median age was 83 years.

Of the 543 people for whom complete data are available, 97% suffered at least one previous illness. The three most common pre-existing conditions were high blood pressure (66% of those who died), cardiovascular disease (55%) and Diabetes (28%).

Okay, 97% had at least one pre-existing condition, and the median age of the deceased was 83.

83 also happens to be Swiss life expectancy: link.

So the median Swiss Covid-19 fatality is dying exactly at the age you would expect him to if there was no Covid-19.

But since 64% of those who died are men whose life expectancy in Switzerland is “only” 81, and just 36% were women, it follows that adjusted for gender, the median male and female Covid-19 fatalities actually expired slightly above their respective life expectancies.

  1. Godfree Roberts says

    Brilliant, but not unique. Historians who checked the ages of those who died during China’s 1961-3 famine found them older than 60. Life expectancy at the time was 58.

  2. Vijay Vallamudi says

    Marko Maths: since the life expectancy of a country is 83, let’s shoot a bunch of people from 32-101 making sure hat the median age of this group is 84 (1 more than 83). Actually let’s give them an agonizing wheezing slow death just to make it interesting. Since the median age of this group is greater than the life expectancy, we’re all good!

    Next: why Sparta had a good thing going by advocating the death of the sickly and the handicapped.

    1. XRGRSF says

      Dude, I don’t know who’s paying you what, but they aren’t getting their money’s worth.

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