The pandemic has resulted in the loss of 1.5 million years of life across the UK

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The pandemic has resulted in the loss of 1.5 million years of life across the UK


In total, 1.5 million years of potential life have been lost following the deaths of 146,000 Covid victims, according to a sobering new analysis, a year after the UK’s national lockdown began.

Each virus victim lost an average of 10 years of life upon death, according to an analysis by the respected Health Foundation think tank.

Along with the deaths, health as a whole has been severely affected by millions of people awaiting NHS surgery, including tens of thousands of cancer patients. There are also fears of a mental health crisis and worsening inequalities that worsen the health of the poorest communities.
On Tuesday, the nation will take a break to mark 12 months since the start of the most serious crisis to hit Britain since World War II, and to remember the thousands of people whose deaths have been linked to the virus.
Dr Jennifer Dixon, Managing Director of the Health Foundation, described the impact of Covid on the UK as a ‘death bomb’, warning that its effects would be far-reaching on society and health. She also warned the government that failure to invest now for the long-term health of the nation would result in a “slowdown in the economy” and undermine the prime minister’s leveling program.

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