Covid-19: does ageing matter?

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A progressively ageing population was the landscape that the Covid-19 epidemic encountered when it struck the world in 2020. Given the relationship between COVID-19 and age, it would be logical to deduce that demographic ageing is a sufficient predictor of the impact of this virus on populations.
Focusing on European Countries – territory with an exceptionally high population ageing level and where the fatal incidence of the virus has been particularly significant – we conclude that demographic ageing is not a predictor of the impact of this virus on populations. The correlation coefficients, for 2020, between the percentages of people aged 65 or more and the COVID-19 mortality rates per 1 million inhabitants or between the “variation life expectancy at age 65, 2020-2019” and the “percentage of people aged 65 or more” were very weak.
Individual age matters for the mortality rate of Covid-19, but population age (inside EU 2020) does not.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1000348
Pages (from-to)1-2
Number of pages2
JournalGeneral Medicine: open access
Issue number7
Early online date1 Jul 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Mortality
  • Ageing
  • COVID-19
  • Population


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